Facebook changes 'feeling fat' emoji after protest
|Catherine Weingarten helped lead the push to remove the emoji.|
Facebook has deleted a "feeling fat" emoji replacing with "feeling stuffed" after pressure from thousands of people signed an online petition who said it pokes fun at people who are overweight or have eating disorders.
Endangered Bodies, an organisation that celebrates body shapes of all sizes, gained more than 16,500 signatures in a petition it set up calling on the social media giant to remove the chubby smiley from its list of status update options, USA Today reports.
Catherine Weingarten from Endangered Bodies said in a statement: "I think it was supposed to be funny, but seeing this status made me feel angry," "Fat is not a feeling. Fat is a natural part of our bodies, no matter their weight. And all bodies deserve to be respected and cared for."
Facebook it agreed to remove the emoji after it "heard from our community" that the emoji "could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders."
"We'll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook," it said.
Facebook has more than 100 "feelings" to allow users to express themselves including sick, ill, hungry, cold, hungover and stuffed.
Facebook said it will keep the emoji for "stuffed", which is identical to "feeling fat", with the same flushed cheeks and double chin.