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Twitter: Ban Thinspiration Hashtags!

Eating disorders impact millions of people annually. The growing "thinspiration" presence online has led to thousands of unhealthy and dangerous blogs, chat rooms, and forums for people suffering from eating disorders to encourage others to lose weight, often by extreme measures as well as discourage those with eating disorders from seeking treatment. Pro-ana (anorexia) and Pro-mia (bulimia) supporters use hashtags such as #thinspo, #proana, #promia and tweet pictures celebrating extremely underweight girls, and promote quotes such as "being thin and not eating are signs of true willpower and success" and "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."

When asked by 98FM News whether it would ban the use of these hashtags, Twitter said it doesn't comment on "specific terms or accounts." Other social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr have all created policies to spread awareness about the dangers of eating disorders and to ban "thinspo" from its users. Help make Twitter accountable for managing the users of its service to stop this harmful trend by banning thinspiration hashtags and monitoring dangerous user activity. Be #nothinspo


Letter to
Twitter
Restrict use of thinspiration language and hashtags circulating the twittersphere.

Eating disorders impact millions of people annually. The growing "thinspiration" presence online has led to thousands of unhealthy and dangerous blogs, chat rooms, and forums for people suffering from eating disorders to encourage others to lose weight, often by extreme measures as well as discourage those with eating disorders from seeking treatment. Pro-ana (anorexia) and Pro-mia (bulimia) supporters use hashtags such as #thinspo, #proana, #promia and tweet pictures celebrating extremely underweight girls, and promote quotes such as "being thin and not eating are signs of true willpower and success" and "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."

When asked by 98FM News whether you would ban the use of these hashtags, you said your company doesn't comment on "specific terms or accounts." Other social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr have all created policies to spread awareness about the dangers of eating disorders and to ban "thinspo" from its users. Please take accountability for managing the users of your platform's service to stop this harmful trend. It is propelling negative body images among women and men of all ages, and promoting unhealthy lifestyle choices. You are aware of how influential your presence is in the lives of younger children and adolescence on a daily basis. You have both the power and responsibility to change this growing issue.