27 Sep 2020: #CoupleChallenge: What is it and why you should be careful?
The latest trend to fascinate the netizens is the Couple Challenge, wherein people are participating to celebrate their relationships online through the various social media platforms.
However, this seemingly "cute" new challenge has prompted authorities across the country to issue warnings against sharing pictures over the web after receiving a number of cyber crime complaints in this regard.
Here's what you need to know.
Details: What is the Couple Challenge all about?
Under the Couple Challenge, thousands of people around the world have been sharing pictures with their spouses or partners on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Reportedly, more than 35,000 pictures along with this hashtag have been shared on Instagram alone.
The trend has also sparked countless memes, with people using photo-editing software to insert their favorite celebrities in their own pictures.
Warning: Why the cops want you to stay away from it?
However, this Internet challenge has drawn the attention of the cops after they received a number of complaints over it.
The police said that many of these pictures are being morphed, edited or used for pornography, deepfake, or other cyber crimes.
In a recent Twitter post, the Pune Police warned users to "think twice" before sharing pictures with their partners on social media.
Fact: Here is the tweet by Pune Police
Fact: A number of complaints made to police
The cops came up with a warning after they received a number of complaints from people who had suffered harassment. While some said their pictures and personal information were misused, others claimed their images were morphed and then uploaded on pornographic websites.
Misuse: How can your pictures be misused?
Personal pictures shared by you online may be edited or morphed by cyber criminals for use as deepfake or revenge porn.
Deepfakes are computer-generated images that may be used to superimpose a person's face on to an existing video or photograph.
Revenge porn, on the other hand, is the practice of creating or sharing sexually explicit images or videos on Internet without subject's consent.
Memes: Meanwhile, many used the challenge to launch memes
On a lighter note, many used the challenge as an opportunity to launch memes.
A certain Twitter user posted a picture with American actor Alexandra Daddario.
The edited picture, where Daddario was seen posing in middle of a paddy field was captioned, "Haters will say this is photoshopped."
Fellow users pretty much lost it when Daddario replied saying, "This was such a fun weekend."
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