Disability advocates demand an end 'inspiration porn.' What do you think?

Carly Findlay doesn't want your prayers on Facebook.

She has only one ask: think before you click.

The Melbourne-based writer and appearance activist is among a growing number of people with disabilities demanding an end to online "slacktivism" that reduces their lives to a world of pity and low expectation.

They argue that heart-tugging social media posts of children with disabilities, promising "one prayer for one like" are demeaning at best, and exploitative at worst.

More concerning, they say, is how many emotive posts presented as awareness-raising for disability are actually "like farming" scams, where the pictures are used without the owner's consent as a way to drive traffic to a site.

Consumer group Choice has also urged the public to be wary, warning that "unscrupulous marketers" are using emotive images of people with disabilities to gain large followings only to later replace the content with marketing for "dodgy products".

"Just stop and think, are you actually helping someone? Would you really stop someone in the street and pray for them if they look different?" Findlay said.

"Maybe donate some money if you feel like you have to help. Or talk to someone with a disability. These posts give the impression that we need fixing and that we're suffering ... I don't want people to take pity on me. I lead a really good life."



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