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A woman in Washington state has claimed that Facebook wouldn't allow her to post a photo showing her dramatic 120-pound weight loss because it promotes an "idealized body image."
Marilyn McKenna's photo shows her squeezed into one leg of her pre-weight loss "fat pants" (pictured at right). When McKenna, who is writing a weight-loss book, posted the photo to her Facebook fan page, she alleges that Facebook officials told her that users can't post before-and-after photos or anything with a scale or a tape measure. "I wasn't fat because I really wanted to be," said McKenna, explaining that she was proud to show off her new figure on the social media platform.
According to KOMO news, a representative from Facebook said that the photo was rejected because McKenna was attempting to "boost" the post and Facebook considers such posts to be advertisements. A rep from Facebook told King5 television station that, "Facebook's terms require advertisers of weight loss and other adult products to limit the audience of their ads to people aged 18 and over." McKenna has since turned to Twitter to express her outrage.
· Marilyn McKenna says Facebook banned her weight loss pic [Komo News]
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