Facebook has come under fire from an Australian feminist group after the social network banned an advert that featured a plus sized model wearing a bikini.
The image of model Tess Holliday was removed after apparently contravening this specific rule: “Ads may not depict a state of health or body weight as being perfect or extremely undesirable. Ads like these are not allowed since they make viewers feel bad about themselves. Instead, we recommend using an image of a relevant activity, such as running or riding a bike.” So basically Facebook has pretty specific criteria for what people on its platform should look like.
After international outcry, Facebook later reinstated the advert and claimed that it had been mistakenly censored.
“We’re raging pretty hard over here,” said a spokesman for Cherchez La Femme.
“Facebook has ignored the fact that our event is going to be discussing body positivity… and has instead come to the conclusion that we’ve set out to make women feel bad about themselves by posting an image of a wonderful plus sized woman.”