Facebook bans photo of plus-size model because it was 'undesirable'

By Samantha Luiz
24 May 2016

A photo of plus-size model Tessa Holliday in a bikini was removed by Facebook because it “depicts a body or body parts in an undesirable manner”.

The photo had been posted by Australian feminist group Cherchez La Femme to publicize 'Feminism and Fat, an event geared towards promoting body positivity.

“Ads may not depict a state of health or body weight as being perfect or extremely undesirable,” read Facebook's original response.

“Ads like these are not allowed since they make viewers feel bad about themselves. Instead, we recommend using an image of a relevant activity, such as running or riding a bike.”

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Jessamy Gleeson, one of event organizers, said they were "raging pretty hard" over Facebook's decision.

"Facebook has ignored the fact that our event is going to be discussing body positivity (which comes in all shapes and sizes, but in the particular case of our event, fat bodies)," she wrote on Facebook.

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"Instead [they've] come to the conclusion that we've set out to make women feel bad about themselves by posting an image of a wonderful plus sized woman," she wrote on Facebook."

Following widespread criticism, the social media giant has since reversed its decision to ban the photo.

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"Our team processes millions of advertising images each week, so we occasionally make mistakes," said a spokesman.

"To be clear, the image complies with our advertising policies. We have now approved the image and apologize for any offence this caused."

Sources: facebook.com, bbc.com

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