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Instagram and Tumblr ban fat-shaming accounts

from The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)

Social media giants Instagram and Tumblr have banned "Project Harpoon" (also known as "Thinner Beauty") pages due to site policy violations.

"The OAC was very excited to learn of the swift action among social media leaders in their removal of 'Project Harpoon' accounts. 'Project Harpoon' is a clear example of the reality of fat-shaming in today's society, and it must absolutely stop," said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

According to the leader of the group, the mission of "Project Harpoon" is to "promote thinner beauty" and "skinny acceptance." To date, the group’s main focus seems to be taking pictures of women and editing the photos to display what the women would look like if they were "thinner."

Despite the recent ban, the remaining outlets for the campaign at this point seem to be Facebook and Twitter. The OAC is calling on its more than 50,000 members nationwide to contact Facebook and Twitter and advocate for the immediate removal of all "Project Harpoon" pages. Read more in the OAC press release. more

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