Tiktok silhouette challenge gone horribly wrong as The Internet finds a way to remove the red filter

Feb 7, 2021

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Tiktok silhouette challenge gone horribly wrong as The Internet finds a way to remove the red filter

Feb 7, 2021

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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About a week ago, Tiktok came up with a challenge to empower people and make them feel sexy. It’s called the Tiktok Silhouette Challenge, and the idea is to shoot a video of yourself to the sound of a Paul Anka “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” mashup with Doja Cat’s “Streets.”

The “trick” is that the video starts pretty trivial. But as the music transitions, you merge a second video. That video has a filter that changes your appearance into a silhouette. Hopefully, where you can feel more comfortable wearing sexy clothes, lingerie, or even pose nude.

Sadly, this has gone terribly wrong as “The Internet” found a way to remove the red filter, and thereby show things that Tiktokers never meant to expose.

This Tiktok challenge was filled with good intent. Whoever came up with the silhouette challenge obviously had good intentions of empowering men and women about their bodies. I mean, you should feel lex exposed when people can’t see you, right? And that is exactly was the purpose of the silhouette filter. To let people feel sexy and empowered while keeping themselves (somewhat) private.  Here is an explanation of the challenge by @eral__:

And this is why we can’t have nice things. If you go on YouTube, you can find plenty of tutorials showing you how to remove that red filter and reveal the original footage. And because of the false sense of obscurity, some Tiktokers were wearing very little clothing.

It will probably not shock you to learn that those videos are pretty popular.

I would love to see youtube taking action on this and removing those tutorials and Tiktok reaching out to users who made those uploads warning them of the possible breach of privacy.

In the meantime, many outlets have taken to warn Tiktokers to be aware of what they share on this challenge.

[via rollingstone]

* YouTube did not immediately respond to our question about the possible breach in privacy posed by those “tutorials.”

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16 responses to “Tiktok silhouette challenge gone horribly wrong as The Internet finds a way to remove the red filter”

  1. Danny Avatar
    Danny

    When will they learn? You should never NEVER upload anything to social media that you would not put on a poster on your lawn

    1. Tim timberly Avatar
      Tim timberly

      You should see my lawn.

  2. Ashley Abell Avatar
    Ashley Abell

    That’s what they get!! What did they really think would happen everyone knows how to use technology nowadays and also hope to have stuff they really didn’t think someone would be able to take the red screen off!! GROW UP!! STOP PUTTING YOUR PRIVATE STUFF OUT THERE FOR EVERYONE!! THAT’S WHY IT’S PRIVATE!!!!!????

    1. Jordene Avatar
      Jordene

      True

      1. Ashley Abell Avatar
        Ashley Abell

        I honestly don’t understand where or how they come up with all of these challenges. I really think quarantine made everyone forget how to think first and seriously use there brains.

        1. Dan Langevin Avatar
          Dan Langevin

          It’s all marketing. Every “challenge,” ever. To raise engagement on a platform with specialized filters that other platforms don’t feature (like this one), raise awareness and therefore money (like the ALS ice bucket challenge), whatever. Nothing spontaneous becomes viral.

        2. Destinyyyyyy Avatar
          Destinyyyyyy

          Girl stfu

        3. Anonymous Avatar
          Anonymous

          their*

    2. Mary Avatar
      Mary

      Pick me girl energy from you. It’s a little embarrassing. How about we put this energy towards the people who are taking their content and making it into something that it wasn’t supposed to be.

      1. Spaz Avatar
        Spaz

        Everything she said was right,and if u claim that girls do this for themselves it would have stayed in the drafts.Use ur brain people,stop posting private and revealing shit on social media if u dont want people to see it

        1. A Avatar
          A

          No, it’s not right. This kind off “this is what you deserve” kind of mentality is plain gross. Obviously it’s good advice to not post things you want to keep private on the Internet, but this kind of hollier-than-thou attitude and laughing at people having their privacy exposed is f****** pathetic. Do better.

          1. Piewrath Avatar
            Piewrath

            It’s not wrong or right. If you expose yourself on the internet, some people are going to find ways to enjoy it. If you think posing naked on a camera and posting it on the internet is a good idea, you reap what you sow. It is exactly “this is what you deserve” and it’s there to educate stupid people how to protect themselves on the internet. You’re the pathetic one to assume that the world is going to protect you from your own stupidity. There’s all kinds of creeps out there that will do anything they want while being protected by anonymity. Grow up and protect yourselves.

          2. Hamza Fundikira Avatar
            Hamza Fundikira

            How about they take responsibility for their actions? You’re the ones that need to do better. And grow up while you’re at it. Pathetic

  3. Christal White Avatar
    Christal White

    Um cause they don’t realize that wearing all black works just as well smh ?

  4. Ashley Abell Avatar
    Ashley Abell

    AWWWWW LET ME GUESS YOU GIRLS GETTING MAD ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE DONE IT RIIIGHT … And another thing I’m not acting hollier-than-thou sweetie. Cause as one who has had there boyfriend post private photos I know the outcome as does every single female who has told that same story over and over again and still woman and girls came seen to stop posting anything personal. And also I don’t need to do better cause I’m going great if people can’t take the truth then go somewhere else…..

  5. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    Since I like to read the articles from DIY I watched the video….half way. Still doesn’t convince me to Tiktok. The time to do anything concerning Tiktok or it’s like I spend the time with life (playing with the kids, hiking, nature, photography). I see some people need to get out more.