Target: Instagram owner Mark Zuckerberg
Goal: Make Instagram apologize for suspending account of overweight girl who posted a picture of herself in lingerie
An overweight teenage girl recently had her Instagram account suspended for violating the community guidelines after posting a photo of herself in lingerie, while hundreds of thousands of pictures of slimmer girls in lingerie are still remaining on the social media site. Instagram must apologize for their actions and remodel their community guidelines so that they are fair and do not discriminate against certain body types.
Samm Newman, a 19 year old college student from Ohio recently posted a photo of herself in a bra and boy shorts. Shortly after, the picture was deleted by Instagram, and then the teen was notified that her account was suspended. Newman has struggled in the past with bullying and body shaming, but had recently connected with a group of overweight or body conscious women on Instagram who work together to overcome their self-image issues.
While Instagram’s rules prohibit nudity or mature content, the site is still a haven for girls to post images of themselves in bikinis or lingerie. Newmann’s full coverage underwear showed much less skin and was much more modest than many of the pictures on Instagram featuring thongs, mild nudity, or suggestive poses and imagery. If Instagram chooses to honor their guidelines, they must enforce them on a fair basis without discriminating against certain body types.
Please sign this petition below to ask Instagram to apologize for their discriminatory actions and review their guidelines.
Dear Mark Zuckerberg,
Your social media site Instagram appears to be practicing discriminatory image deletions and account suspensions. Rectification for these actions is necessary and the site’s community guidelines must be reviewed an applied fairly.
Samm Newman, a 19 year old college student from Ohio recently posted a photo of herself in a bra and boy shorts. Shortly after, the picture was deleted by Instagram, and then the teen was notified that her account was suspended for violating community guidelines. This could be justified if there were not hundreds of thousands of pictures of females in bikinis, lingerie or in some cases nude across the social media site. Your site has become a haven for girls to post pictures in skimpy swimwear, thongs, lingerie and posing suggestively. Compared to these pictures, Newman’s full coverage bra and boy-shorts were very modest.
It is disappointing that young girls are constantly being put down for their body image and even more disappointing that your reputable social media site is contributing to the immorality.
We are writing to ask that you apologize for your actions and review your community guidelines, If you plan to honor your rules against prohibition of nudity or adult content, you must enforce them on a fair basis without discriminating against certain body types.
[Your Name Here]
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