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Facebook and Instagram remove fat shaming 'Project Harpoon' accounts

Published 22/08/2015 | 11:53

One of the images from Project Harpoon Facebook
One of the images from Project Harpoon Facebook

Facebook and Instagram have removed fat shaming 'Project Harpoon' accounts.

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Project Harpoon features images of plus size women and men including celebrities Tess Holliday, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson and Ashley Graham which are photoshopped to make them look thinner.

The accounts share the images with the hashtags #thinnerbeauty and #SkinnyAcceptance.

Instagram has stated they removed the account for violating its policy on bullying.

Tess Holliday, who started the body positivity campaign #effyourbeautystandards has slammed the accounts for featuring her images without her permission.

"It's abominable that this [Facebook page] is using my image without permission to promote themselves," she told E! News.

"This kind of hit piece is exactly why I started #effyourbeautystandards.  I am asking my followers to boycott this and any others like it.  Lovign yourself is the most powerful message we all need to stand behind."

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The Facebook page linked to a Reddit 'thinner beauty' thread where a description read, "Here at ThinnerBeauty we provide people with visible, achievable health goals.  We do this by showing how much more beautiful they could look if they made the difficult, lifelong commitment to a regimen of personal fitness

"This is a place where we can manipulate photos to highlight the difference between how they are and how they could be."

'Project Harpoon' has been met with massive public backlash despite claiming they are not fat shaming.

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