The “feeling fat” emoticon on Facebook is now dead and buried. The company removed it after more than 16 700 users signed a petition demanding that it is brought down because it allegedly has a negative effect on people feeling overweight.
You can no longer feel fat on Facebook. The “feeling fat” emoticon has been removed by the firm after a number of users complained that it encourages making fun of those who feel overweight. They rallied support for their ‘cause’ and more than 16 700 people signed a petition to have it brought down.
“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,” Facebook said in a statement.
So, as from Tuesday, the emoticon no longer exists; Facebook users cannot add this ‘feeling’ in their status updates.
An activist group called Endangered Bodies regarded the taking down of the emoticon as a success.
“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,” wrote Catherine Weingarten, who took charge of the petition.
What about the other emoticons that could be interpreted as having negative influences on others? What about the drunk, broken and incomplete emoticons? What do you think, reader? Have Facebook users blown this issue out of proportion, or were they right in taking that stance against the “feeling fat” emoticon?