Why $_POST is removing HTML tags from string?

I'm on PHP 5.6 using the Fat Free Framework (if it matters) and having a weird issue. I am sending form data to the server like so:

function submitForm(form) 
    var fd = new FormData();
    var file_data = isImageIncluded ? $('input[type="file"]')[0].files : [];
    for (var i = 0; i < file_data.length; i++) {
        fd.append("file_" + i, file_data[i]);
    var other_data = $(form).serializeArray();
    $.each(other_data, function(key, input) {
        fd.append(input.name, input.value);

    sendData(url, fd, form);

function sendData(url, data, form) 
        type: 'POST',
        url: url,
        data: data,
        contentType: false,
        processData: false,
        success: function(data) {


So as I debug the code above, I see the data being sent from the wysiwyg with html tags like <b></b>.

The problem is on the PHP side. Here's the method:

public function editRelease()

And cannot get the description to show the html tags in the string. Does anyone have an idea on what's happening?


Here's a screenshot of my headers from Chrome. I marked the object I'm referring to. As it shows, the html tags are going to the server, so I'm not sure why it's not showing in the $_POST array.


And here is a screenshot of the response I get corresponding to the screenshot of the headers above:

Has anyone ever seen this?


For those wondering, I found out that in my variation of the Fat Free Framework, called F3 Boilerplate, there was a section of code stripping the tags out. Inside of its app.php, I found

// clean ALL incoming user input by default
$request = array();
foreach (array('GET', 'POST', 'PUT', 'PATCH', 'DELETE', 'COOKIE') as $var) {
    $input = $f3->get($var);
    if (is_array($input) && count($input)) {
        $cleaned = array();
        foreach ($input as $k => $v) {
            $k = strtolower(trim($f3->clean($k)));
            $v = $f3->clean($v);
            if (empty($v)) {
            $cleaned[$k] = $v;
            $request[$k] = $v;
        $f3->set($var, $cleaned);

which removes tags from all incoming input using $f3->clean() so I had to modify it to whitelist tags as explained in the documentation http://fatfreeframework.com/base#clean.

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