BELLEVUE, Wash. — Social media is how we vent, relate, and, a lot of times, show off. As long as what you show is in good taste, what could possibly go wrong?
Apparently not in the case of Marilyn Mckenna, who was told by Facebook that her photo was unfit for their social medium.
McKenna posted a photo of an old, size 20 pair of pants, which she calls her “fat pants.” After lap band surgery, she’s now able to squeeze her whole torso into one leg.
“I used to weigh 265 pounds,” McKenna said. “Those old pants mean a lot to me because they’re a reminder of how far I’ve come.”
It’s a journey she now shares with the world on Facebook. She posts interviews, thoughts and prepares to finish a book.
McKenna thought the photo of her in one leg of her “fat pants” was the best way to illustrate what she’s lost and what she’s gained, so she made it her profile picture.
That’s when Facebook told her she had a problem.
These types of images are considered to be promoting idealized physical appearances and are policy violating. And when she tried to post the photo again, she was given an error message: “Your ad wasn’t approved because it promotes adult products.”
McKenna, the wife of the former Washington state attorney general wasn’t pleased. McKenna may have lost weight, but she didn’t mince words.
“I can’t even fathom what they’re thinking,” she said. “I call B.S. on Facebook.”
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