Overweight teen says Instagram discriminated against her

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(CNN) – Social media connects us all, but it also leaves us open to criticism or even discrimination.

A local teen says Instagram removed her account after she posted a picture of herself in a bra and boy shorts and that they were wrong to do so.

Samm Newman says, “I’m a big girl, I’m proud, and I post lots of body love.”

But what she doesn’t know is why that got her kicked off Instagram.

“How confident can you be if you keep censoring yourself because people don’t want to look at you,” Newman asks.

The 19-year-old Chillicothe student didn’t used to have the greatest self-esteem. Bullied through junior high and high school, she harmed herself to cope.

“There were times when I ate lunch in the bathroom.”

Then, she found a new source of support online. She began taking part in a body positivity movement on Instagram.

A group of ladies using hashtags like #bodylove and #pizzasisters4lyfe, posting pictures and compliments.

“It was my safe place, because when I went there, I could share anything,” said Newman.

“But did she share too much? Over the weekend Samm’s account was removed. Instagram said she violated their community guidelines under their “what not to do” headline. They warn against sharing photos that show nudity or mature content. Samm says it’s a double standard.

The size 24 teen says it’s size discrimination. There are plenty of photos of thin women wearing much less, even nothing, she contends and say they’re still active.

Instagram did reactivate her account and apologized to Newman in this statement:
“When our team processes reports from other members of the Instagram community, we occasionally make a mistake. In this case, we wrongly removed content and worked to rectify the error as soon as we were notified. We apologize for any inconvenience.”


  • Candy Dunn

    They totally did. I see half naked stupid people all the time it’s ridiculous that anyone feels the need to post but I fully agree it’s because she’s bigger.

  • Emily

    I agree with her. I have my own person fitness motivation profile. I have photos of myself in bikinis or showing my stomach and wearing tiny shorts. I’m a size 2 and nothing has ever been reported. She’s right to say it’s hard to build confidence when she’s constantly being hushed. Also, Chuck, she’s in college. And Ben, you’re a giant dick.

    • ihatebyebye

      If she wants to build confidence, maybe she should get down to a healthy weight first instead of promoting obesity.
      Being obese is no healthier than being anorexic.
      She can love her body no matter how fat she is, but promoting it to other fat people as having a “healthy image” or whatever isn’t a positive thing.

  • jcpnknife

    samm newman it’s going to be okay,she is beautiful,pretty,cute,sexy,sweet,wonderful and you are very special, and Those are pretty pictures that you posted on instagram and you go aheaed post those pretty pictures on line in a bikini i really like it and you are beauituful just the way god created you and All Full Figured woman in bikinis are legitimatley beautiful,pretty,cute,sexy,sweet,wonderful and very special and samm newmann you really do look beautiful and pretty in a bikini i would like to see more sexy bikini photos of you,I normally don’t say it to anywoman but all full figured women and all full figured girls are really beautiful,pretty,cute,sweet,sexy,legitimate are cute and very special I’m Sticking Up for Samm Newmann go ahead show off that beautiful big body in a bikini it’s going to be Okay,i’m sticking up for all woman and girls all shapes,sizes,and at all ages they look sexy in bikinis these days i really love it and i’ve seen full figured girls in bikinis for real they look beautiful and pretty. just the way god created them.

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