We’re all excited that we can finally get a COVID-19 vaccine. And when we’re excited about something, we tend to share it on social media. Well, before you post your vaccination card selfie on Instagram – think twice, and then don’t do it. Because if you do, you’re at risk of identity theft.
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The speed of information flow on the Internet is a double-edged sword. While it lets us get informed about anything in no time, it also helps fake news spread like wildfire. This is why Google has joined the battle against doctored images. From now on, Google will fact check all the images you search and let you know if they’re fake.
Seeing all those amazing photos of perfect lives and perfect bodies on Instagram can make us feel jealous. We know that they’re posed and even fake, yet they can still make us feel that we’re not good enough. Because of this, Instagrammer Sara Puhto has built her Instagram account around body positivity and much-needed reality check. She shares side-by-side photos of herself that show just how big the difference is between real life and posing for social media photos.
As an attempt to stop fake news from spreading, Twitter is soon going to start labeling deceptive content. This includes “deceptively edited” photos, deepfake videos, and manipulated content that could cause “harm to physical safety, widespread civil unrest, voter suppression or privacy risks.”
Not long ago, Instagram rolled out a feature that flags fake photos. The main goal is to remove misinformation and fake news, but the feature seems to have gone too far. It’s now hiding all photoshopped photos, flagging them as “false information.” This could have implications for everyone who uses Instagram to showcase their digital artwork and image composites.
The world of Instagram influencers is a strange one. And certainly, to a large extent, a fake one. But what happens when influencers are ready to turn fake into downright dangerous? In a recent documentary by the BBC, three influencers were approached to promote a fake weight loss drink that contained cyanide. And they all said yes, agreeing to promote poison to hundreds of thousands of people.
After gathering more than one billion users on the platform, Instagram has finally decided check their age. Therefore, all new users who sign up will be required to enter their birth date. The social media giant claims that this will “prevent underage people from joining Instagram” and help to “build a safer experience for the youngest members.”
Nashville-based lifestyle blogger Tiffany Mitchell recently posted professional photos of a motorcycle accident she had. As if posting (and even having) such photos wasn’t weird enough, they also contained conveniently placed bottles of water. Because of this, the post seemed like it was sponsored, and she received lots of criticism from the community. People have been calling her out for glamourizing an accident, even for staging the whole thing for the sakes of product placement.
Having a huge number of followers on social media gives you a chance to send a message and let your voice be heard. Therefore, Dutch influencer Rianne Meijer has started a personal project to remind her 408k followers that “perfect life” they see on Instagram isn’t reality. Along with her perfectly staged photos, she also posts hilarious outtakes which prove that Insta-life isn’t at all what it seems.