BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. However, there can be a hidden danger parents should always be aware of, especially when posting pictures of children.
One parent learned that the hard way.
According to CBS6 in Richmond, Virginia, Ciara Logan posted an Instagram photo of her children during the Father’s Day weekend. Not long after, she discovered the picture had been copied from her account, and turned into a meme with derogatory hashtags.
Logan says she does not know who posted the picture, and when she tried contacting the account user to ask for the photo to be taken down, she was blocked. The bad thing is, there’s not much she can do about it.
We spoke with TekLinks Vice President, David Powell about what, if anything, a parent can do if this happens to them.
“You know, while that guy certainly shouldn’t be manipulating pictures of her kids, there’s really no recourse because ultimately, she should not have posted stuff out there in a public setting. So if you don’t want pictures of your kids out there, then make your account private, only accept those people that you know, and then publish them that way,” says Powell.
Powell also adds that the best way to avoid this problem is to text or email your pictures to your loved ones, instead of posting them on social media.
With that being said, you may be wondering whether something like this would be considered online harassment.
Cumberland School of Law Professor Woodrow Hartzog sees cases such as these and others dealing with online privacy and communication.
Via email, Hartzog says “Memes like this, while mean-spirited and hurtful, are often at best legally in the grey area. Legal recourse for these kinds of action is notoriously elusive.”
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