Ohio teen: Instagram booted me off because of my weight

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-A Chillicothe student says the popular social media site, Instagram, removed her account after she posted a picture of herself in a bra and boy shorts.

19-year-old Samm Newman told WCMH News that she didn’t understand why she was kicked off.

Newman said she doesn’t have the best self-esteem after being bullied in junior high and high school. She told WCMH, “There were times when I ate lunch in the bathroom.”

The teen found a new source of support online by taking part in a body positivity movement on Instagram.

A group of young women used hashtags like #bodylove and #pizzasisters4lyfe and posted pictures of themselves and compliments.

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

Over the weekend, Samm’s account was removed. Instagram said at the time she violated their community guidelines under their ‘what not to do’ headline.

The size 24 teen believed she was discriminated against because of her size. She said there are plenty of photos of thin women wearing much less.

Her photo was removed just hours before her account was closed.

Instagram has since reevaluated the situation. In a statement they said, “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.”



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