Facebook removes “feeling fat” emoticon after online petition

(WTNH)– The social networking site Facebook is removing a controversial emoticon from its options.

The “feeling fat” emoticon drew backlash by a group, claiming it makes fun of people who feel overweight and normalized body shaming.

Facebook has dozens of emoticons to choose from to express how you’re feeling, including feeling excited, loved, even drunk.

Nearly 17,000 people signed a petition on http://www.change.org to get Facebook to remove the “feeling fat” emoticon.  According to the Washington Post, activists with the group Endangered Bodies launched several petitions against the emoticon in February during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Facebook listened and took down the emoticon from the site on Tuesday.

The social media network released a statement saying:

“We’ve heard from our community that listing ‘feeling fat’ as an option for status updates could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders. So we’re going to remove ‘feeling fat’ from the list of options. We’ll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook.”

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