Mar 10, 2015 — Dear friends,
We’re thrilled to announce that after more than 16,000 people -- including you! -- signed our change.org campaign, Facebook has responded directly to our petition and announced they will remove the ‘fat’ option from their list of emoticons. In other words, we won!
You can read Facebook’s message to us and thank them for taking our concerns seriously here: http://chn.ge/1BnJkpE
I'm thrilled that FB decided to remove the ‘feeling fat’ emoji. This success shows us that people together can challenge the cultural messages that are so damaging to our ability to love ourselves and live comfortably in our bodies. As someone who struggled with body image, I feel so happy that I’ve helped eliminate one form of body shaming hatred on the internet.
I’m proud to have partnered with Endangered Bodies to lead this effort. Here is their official statement on the victory:
"The eight chapters of the global movement Endangered Bodies are pleased to discover that Facebook has responded to our international petition and its 16K+ supporters by removing the "I feel fat" emoticon from its list of options! We extend special thanks to the thousands of people around the world who have signed our petition, showing that each and every one of your voices can be heard and has made a positive difference. We look forward to continuing a dialogue with Facebook to support their efforts in being a body-positive platform, leading the way for other social media sites to follow suit."
Thank you again for standing up and using your voice to make a difference with us. If you’re proud of what we’ve done together, please share this image on Facebook and tell us why you’re glad ‘fat’ is no longer a feeling: http://on.fb.me/1MqARpk
All the best,
Catherine Weingarten and Endangered Bodies