Why Was ‘Hot Mom’ Maria Kang Temporarily Barred From Facebook?

By David Cohen 

MariaKangWhatsYourExcuseLast month, Maria Kang became one of Facebook’s most famous users, or most infamous, depending on individual reactions, when a photo of the 32-year-old mother of three and fitness competitor in a workout bra and shorts, with her three kids, showing off her toned body, with the caption, “What’s your excuse?” went viral and spurred mountains of feedback, both negative and positive. Earlier this week, Kang was temporarily banned from Facebook due to her post about a Daily Mail article that featured plus-size women posing in lingerie.

Sacramento, Calif.-based ABC affiliate News10/KXTV reported that Kang’s account was temporarily shut down just three hours after she posted this reaction to the Daily Mail post:

While I think it’s important to love and accept your body, I was a little peeved because while I feel like it’s ok to love and accept your body, I think that we’re normalizing obesity in our society.

Kang’s access to the social network was restored after two days, but her post was not. Facebook said in a statement to News10/KXTV:

A user reported content on her page, and it was mistakenly removed by Facebook. When we realized the error, we corrected it immediately and restored full access to Ms. Kang. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Kang was unhappy that the social network did not restore her post, as well, telling News10/KXTV:

I’m just saying the truth. We’ve become a politically correct society.

I was pretty shocked. They said that I wasn’t complying with community standards, and if I continued posting the way I am that I’m going to be completely removed.

I definitely think my freedom of speech was removed.

It’s never my intention to say someone should look a certain way, but I am not going to stand here and say being obese is OK and we should accept that as the norm.

Readers: Was Facebook’s punishment of Kang too excessive, not severe enough, just right, or completely unnecessary?