Date
22 November 2017
Activists used a hashtag inspired by this Facebook post to force the social media giant to capitulate. Photo: Today
Activists used a hashtag inspired by this Facebook post to force the social media giant to capitulate. Photo: Today

No more ‘feeling fat’ on Facebook but you can be stuffed

Facebook has just lost a war of words.

As a result, it is replacing its “feeling fat” emoji with “feeling stuffed” to appease women’s rights groups — and settle a grammatical dispute once and for all.

Facebook capitulated after thousands of people took issue with its use of the “feeling fat” emoticon, swamping the social media giant in an online petition.

Feeling fat is not a feeling, said Catherine Weingarten of the group Endangered Bodies which organized the petition, according to USA Today.

The use of the chubby emoji with a double chin can be harmful to people with eating disorders and encourages negative body image, she said.

The protest used the hashtag #FatIsNotaFeeling on social media.

“When Facebook users set their status to ‘feeling fat,’ they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders,” Weingarten, a graduate student at Ohio State University, told ABC News.

The emoji is one of more than 100 “feelings” people can add when updating their status on Facebook.

Facebook at first resisted changing the emoji but said it was in talks with activists.

“We’ve heard from our community… so we’re going to remove ‘feeling fat’ from the list of options,” said Facebook spkeswoman MoMo Zhou.

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