Thursdays can be dangerous, take this Brekky Wrap

IN THE distance, that glimmering light? That is your weekend.

We'll help you get through Thursday and maybe into Friday with a dose of perfectly-sized news morsels in today's Brekky Wrap.

Tragedy overnight with an Australian soldier losing his life on a New Zealand mountain, but first, the American girl who believed she was banned from Instagram for being too overweight.

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Samm Newman said ‘fat is not a bad word’, and accused the photo sharing site of unfairly favouring pictures of thinner women
Samm Newman said ‘fat is not a bad word’, and accused the photo sharing site of unfairly favouring pictures of thinner women

Really Instagram, THIS is where you draw the line?

A US teenager has accused Instagram of size discrimination after it suspended her account because a relatively chaste series of underwear selfies "violated community guidelines".

Samm Newman, 19, was shocked to discover that an image she uploaded showing herself wearing a white bra and polka dot briefs was removed.

Hours later, her account had been deleted altogether - despite the fact that Instagram is full of accounts posting much more provocative images featuring thinner women.

The student, who is a US size 24, accused Instagram of removing "anyone who doesn't fit their idea of normal", and said that the underwear she was wearing couldn't possibly violate the website's guidelines about sharing images "that are safe for people of all ages".

In a statement from Instagram, the site 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 apologise for any inconvenience."

 

Special forces soldiers could not revive their mate, who fell down a crevasse.
Special forces soldiers could not revive their mate, who fell down a crevasse.

Australian soldier killed on New Zealand mountain

A SPECIAL forces soldier who tumbled to his death on New Zealand's deadliest mountain was "unlucky", as snow and ice gave way to a deep crevasse, a rescuer said.

The 44-year-old was one of 10 soldiers from the Australian Army's 2nd Commando Regiment taking part in a training exercise on Aoraki/Mt Cook's Grand Plateau when the "bridge" he was on fell through.

A team-mate was lowered down the 30-40m crevasse to retrieve him using a pulley system.

 

Another example of a Wicked camper van.
Another example of a Wicked camper van. Facebook/Wicked Campers

Van company to dump Wicked, offensive slogans 

WICKED Campers has caved to public opinion and is cleaning up its act.

Numerous complaints highlighted in the Sunshine Coast Daily in the past year did nothing to inspire the controversial camper hire company to tone down the messages on the back of its vehicle.

Seven rulings against its slogans from the Advertising Standards Bureau also were ignored.

But an online petition started by Sydney mother Paula Orbea last week, which gathered more than 120,000 signatures, finally achieved a result.

 

New Zealand's first gay couple to be legally wed, Melissa Ray (left) and Natasha Vitali, are thought to have parted.
New Zealand's first gay couple to be legally wed, Melissa Ray (left) and Natasha Vitali, are thought to have parted.

FIRST gay couple to wed in New Zealand have split

New Zealand's first legally married same-sex couple is understood to have split.

Former Football Ferns player Melissa Ray and sales representative Natasha (Tash) Vitali won a ZM Radio competition to have an all-expenses-paid wedding in the Unitarian Church in Ponsonby at 8am on the day same-sex marriage became legal last August.

They went by horse-drawn carriage to a reception at the Cloud on the Auckland waterfront, followed by a honeymoon paid for by Tourism Fiji. But less than a year later, it seems to be all over.



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