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A mum-of-three claims she was banned from Facebook after she criticised plus-size women who posed in lingerie to promote body confidence.

Maria Kang, 32, from California, attacked a 'selfie' photo campaign launched by Curvy Girl Lingerie, saying it 'normalizes being unhealthy'.

But Maria claimed her comments were deemed a 'hate speech' by Facebook and she was locked out of her account for two days as a result.

The message read: "Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech.

"While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition."

Maria – who last month was accused of 'fat shaming' when she posted a portrait of herself in workout gear online last month along with the caption 'what's your excuse?' - said she was merely 'telling the truth'.

Chrystal Bougon, the owner of California plus-size shop Curvy Girl Lingerie, says her intention is toshow that 'women with rolls, bumps [and] lumps . . . can be stunning and beautiful' too.

But Maria didn't agree. She said: "We need to change this strange mentality we are breeding in the U.S. and start celebrating people who are a result of hard work, dedication and discipline.

"I'm not bashing those who are proud and overweight, I am empowering those who are proud and healthy to come out and be the real role models in our society."

Many of her fans backed her up.

One wrote: "You got blocked because people can't handle the truth!"

And another added: "As a former seriously obese woman I am behind you speaking the truth 100%.

"Loving your body is one thing, but when you are overweight you really don't love yourself. It's impossible when you are killing yourself with every bite you take."

But Curvy Girl's Chrystal responded, telling Yahoo: "Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But my page is our little space in the cyber world. If you don't like what we are doing, move on to the next page."

Facebook later admitted that the content had been 'mistakenly removed' after another user reported it.

A spokesman said: "When we realised the error we corrected it immediately, and restored full access to Ms Kang. We apologise for the inconvenience."

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