Too fat for Facebook: photo banned for depicting body in 'undesirable manner'

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  1. Iris

    Iris Superhero Member Admin

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    Facebook has apologized for wrongly banning a photo of plus-sized model Tess Holliday for violating its ├óÔé¼╦£health and fitness├óÔé¼Ôäó advertising policy

    Facebook has apologized for banning a photo of a plus-sized model and telling the feminist group that posted the image that it depicts ├óÔé¼┼ôbody parts in an undesirable manner├óÔé¼.

    Cherchez la Femme, an Australian group that hosts popular culture talkshows with ├óÔé¼┼ôan unapologetically feminist angle├óÔé¼, said Facebook rejected an advert featuring Tess Holliday, a plus-sized model wearing a bikini, telling the group it violated the company├óÔé¼Ôäós ├óÔé¼┼ôad guidelines├óÔé¼.

    After the group appealed against the rejection, Facebook├óÔé¼Ôäós ad team initially defended the decision, writing that the photo failed to comply with the social networking site├óÔé¼Ôäós ├óÔé¼┼ôhealth and fitness policy├óÔé¼.

    ├óÔé¼┼ôAds may not depict a state of health or body weight as being perfect or extremely undesirable,├óÔé¼ Facebook wrote. ├óÔé¼┼ôAds 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.├óÔé¼

    In a statement on Monday, Facebook apologized for its original stance and said it had determined that the photo does comply with its guidelines.
    ├óÔé¼┼ôOur team processes millions of advertising images each week, and in some instances we incorrectly prohibit ads,├óÔé¼ the statement said. ├óÔé¼┼ôThis image does not violate our ad policies. We apologize for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ad.├óÔé¼

    The photo ├óÔé¼ÔÇ£ for an event called Cherchez La Femme: Feminism and Fat ├óÔé¼ÔÇ£ features a smiling Holliday wearing a standard bikini.
    Facebook had originally allowed the event page to remain, but refused to approve the group├óÔé¼Ôäós advert, which would have boosted the post.

    The policy in question is aimed at blocking content that encourages unhealthy weight loss ├óÔé¼ÔÇ£ the opposite intent of Cherchez la Femme, which was promoting body positivity.
    This is not the first time Facebook has come under fire for its censorship of photos. In March, the site faced backlash when it concluded that a photograph of topless Aboriginal women in ceremonial paint as part of a protest violated ├óÔé¼┼ôcommunity standards├óÔé¼.

    Critics said that ban was an obvious double standard, noting that Facebook allows celebrities such as Kim Kardashian to pose with body paint covering her nipples.

    Instagram and Facebook have also faced opposition for policies banning women from exposing their nipples, with critics arguing that the guidelines are prejudiced against women and transgender users.

    Cherchez la Femme vented its frustrations on its Facebook page.

    ├óÔé¼┼ôFacebook 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), and has instead come to the conclusion that we├óÔé¼Ôäóve set out to make women feel bad about themselves by posting an image of a wonderful plus sized woman,├óÔé¼ the group said. ├óÔé¼┼ôWe├óÔé¼Ôäóre raging pretty hard over here.├óÔé¼

    Jessamy Gleeson, co-producer of the group, said she was initially so shocked by the language in Facebook├óÔé¼Ôäós explanation that she didn├óÔé¼Ôäót know how to respond.

    ├óÔé¼┼ôI was utterly furious. I couldn├óÔé¼Ôäót comprehend it, quite frankly,├óÔé¼ she said. ├óÔé¼┼ôWe thought it was really horrible and isolating and alienating ├óÔé¼┬ª Women with fat bodies can, of course, be as desirable as anybody else.├óÔé¼
    Gleeson said she was not satisfied with Facebook├óÔé¼Ôäós apology and hopes the company will re-examine its policies and address double standards in how it reviews photos of women.

    ├óÔé¼┼ôQuite simply they need to understand we can use images of fat women to promote women being happy,├óÔé¼ she said, adding, ├óÔé¼┼ôWhat about all the cases that don├óÔé¼Ôäót receive this media attention? They├óÔé¼Ôäóve been wrong in many other thousands of cases, I├óÔé¼Ôäóm sure.├óÔé¼

    Source: The guardian
  2. forgotten in space

    forgotten in space Champion Super Mod

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    I don't understand why they feel the need to have a health ad policy in the first place. But wrong or not it is in place and so neither fat nor skinny should be allowed. :o

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