Media & Society

Too Fat for Facebook: Facebook Censors Plus-Sized Model’s Image, Then Apologizes

This image of Tess Holliday that was used to promote a feminist event was initially censored by Facebook (Cherchez La Femme)
This image of Tess Holliday that was used to promote a feminist event was initially censored by Facebook (Cherchez La Femme)

Facebook has apologized for refusing to promote an image of one of the world’s top plus-sized models. Tess Holliday, a size 22, 5-foot-5 inch model, was...




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