An Australian feminist group received a rude surprise this week when it tried to promote a post featuring an image of a plus-sized model on Facebook — and was subsequently rejected by the site.
The picture, which was ironically included as part of a Facebook event to promote body sensitivity, allegedly violated the site’s “health and fitness” standards. Facebook has since admitted making a mistake, but in the site’s original correspondence with the feminist group, it told them that the picture represented an “undesirable” lifestyle.
“Ads may not depict a state of health or body weight as being perfect or extremely undesirable,” Facebook allegedly wrote. “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.”
In response to Facebook’s advice, the group humorously changed its picture to a plus-sized person riding a bicycle.
“We’re raging pretty hard over here — both because Facebook seemingly has no idea that plus sized, self describing fat women can feel great about themselves, and also because we haven’t been able to boost the original damn post,” one of the event’s hosts wrote.
Facebook is an enormous company, and with so much human error involved (look no further than the current anti-conservative bias scandal) embarrassing mistakes like this are bound to happen.