Facebook Ditches ‘Feeling Fat’ Emoticon After Feminist Backlash

Facebook has removed its controversial “feeling fat” emoticon after feminists launched an online campaign saying it promoted negative body image.

“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 to the New York Daily News. “We’re going to remove ‘feeling fat’ from the list of options.”

The move comes after Endangered Bodies, an international nonprofit feminist group, started a “Fat is not a feeling” campaign against the Facebook emoticon.