Ohio teen accuses Instagram of size discrimination

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WCMH) - Samm Newman knows what she is.

"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?"

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," she said.

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

A group of ladies using hashtags like #bodylove and pizza sisters 4 lyfe posting pictures and compliments.

"It was my safe place, because when I went there, I could share anything."

"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" section. They warn against sharing photos that show nudity or mature content. Samm says it's a double standard.

She posted a photo in her favorite polka dot boy shorts and a bra hours before her account was removed.

"I didn't find them or the bra at all inappropriate. They covered me entirely, and I've seen pictures like that all over Instagram."

The size 24 teen says it's size discrimination. There are plenty of photos of thin women wearing much less even nothing.

Samm reported some and they're still active.

Meantime, she's concentrating on the end result of all this. Her story being motivation for others.

I mean, I'm going to make a difference in the world, regardless of whether Instagram cooperates or not."

Instagram released a statement Monday. The full statement is below via a spokesperson:

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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