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Twitter: Ban Thinspiration Hashtags!
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Twitter: Ban Thinspiration Hashtags!

    1. Torri Singer
    2. Petition by

      Torri Singer

      State College, PA

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

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. TUNE IN TONIGHT!!

      Torri Singer
      Petition Organizer

      Please tune in to http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/thinspiration-on-twitter/518c328402a7600f0d0002f7 5:30 pm PST/8:30 pm EST to see me speak about the petition, and the need to stop the spread of thinspo! Thank you so much for all of your support!

      Thinspiration On Twitter

      HuffPost Live is a live-streaming network that attempts to create the most social video experience possible. Viewers are invited to join discussions live as on-air guests. Topics range from politics to pop culture.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Can We Stamp Out Thinspiration on Twitter? Torri Singer Thinks We Can

      Torri Singer
      Petition Organizer
      " Can We Stamp Out Thinspiration on Twitter? Torri Singer Thinks We Can - World of Psychology

      Pro- anorexia (or "pro-ana") groups have been around online for over a decade, and we first discussed them here five years ago. More recently, with the rise of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, these groups have found a new life.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. 109 AWAY from breaking 1,000!

      Torri Singer
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much to everybody who has taken the time to sign and share your personal reasons. We are so close to breaking 1,000... I am confident we can do it before April is over! Please continue sharing with family, friends, groups, and email lists... every signature matters - let's keep this conversation alive!

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. Article from TheNation.com ! Please Read

      Torri Singer
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.thenation.com/blog/174000/thinspiration-behind-impossible-ideal-beauty check out this great article promoting the cause, share and keep signing! Thank you for your support! #nothinspo

      The 'Thinspiration' Behind an Impossible Ideal of Beauty | The Nation

      Ever heard of thinspiration? Google it-actually, on second thought, don't, unless you want to fall down a rabbit hole into the deeply disturbing world of explicitly pro-anorexia, pro-bulimia blogs and websites. The pro-ana and pro-mia communities are, well, exactly what they sound like.

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. www.thegloss.com wrote article on Twitter: Restrict use of thinspiration!

      Torri Singer
      Petition Organizer

      Read here, and spread please! Thank you for your support, together we will make change!

      http://www.thegloss.com/2013/04/17/beauty/there-is-a-petition-to-eliminate-thinspiration-hashtags-on-twitter/

      There is A Petition To Eliminate Thinspiration Hashtags On Twitter

      There is a petition to eliminate thinspiration hashtags (ones that advocate anorexia) from Twitter. This isn't entirely unprecedented. A few months ago, Tumblr eliminated thinspiration tags from their platform. As Jamie Peck wrote at the time: Tumblr has revised its content policy to explicitly forbid blogs that promote self-harming activities like eating disorders, self-mutilation, and suicide.

    12. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Montana Kimmel TRUCKEE, CA
      • 3 months ago

      I've had an eating disorder for years, and I'd rather my (and many others) recovery isn't spurted by pro-eating disorder accounts.

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    • Michaela Williams NEWBURY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      I have suffered with an eating disorder for 2 years and during recovery I have come across many thinspiration hashtags on twitter and pictures of skinny girls and to be perfectly honest it throws me back a few hundred steps and makes recovery even harder for a while

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    • Jennifer McNulty WAYNE, NJ
      • 3 months ago

      I am currently recovering from an eating disorder and I am learning that instead of being thin, I need to be healthy.

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    • samantha sanders-clarke OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      My daughter is suffering from anorexia since the age of 13.. MAYBE if some of these silly people who think its cool to follow these vile sites should take a look into our world. All that is there is darkness, agony, fear and death.. Still think its cool..

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    • Dave McBride ACTON, MA
      • 4 months ago

      I have 2 daughters suffering/recovering from eating disorders. The online inspiration that exists has been a big factor in impeding their recovery from these sometimes deadly afflictions

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