Tired Of Seeing Photoshopped Nude Photo Of Herself Being Shared Online, Young Woman Takes Action
A woman from the Canadian province of British Columbia has become an online sensation after she shared a poignant tale of how she handled a nasty case of cyberbullying. Andrea Ng, a young woman from the coastal city of Richmond, took matters into her own hands after she felt that law enforcement officials were doing nothing to keep her safe from cyberbullies.
In the 21st century, the massive growth of Internet technologies and online social networks has greatly exacerbated the issue of cyberbullying and the damaging psychological effect that this nefarious activity leaves on victims. In this particular case, 21-year old Andrea Ng suffered one of the most common acts of cyberbullying perpetrated against young women who use online social networks, and she was able to take a stand against her attackers.
The Case of the Fake Nude Photo
A few years ago, Miss Ng was a normal high school student in Canada. One day, she was getting ready for a dance when she decided to take a selfie, which she promptly uploaded to her Facebook Timeline to share within her social media circles. About a year later, Miss Ng was shocked to find that someone had lifted that photo and modified it with a graphics editing software application such as the popular Adobe Photoshop.
It so happens that the innocent selfie that Miss Ng had taken when she was still a minor was edited to look like she was naked when she took it. To make matters worse, the cyberbully was not content with superimposing breasts on the image and making it a fake nude photo. The deviant actually went as far as to create a fake Facebook profile and also tag Miss Ng’s friends and family, thus inviting them to become followers.
Miss Ng did what anyone else should do in this case: she reported the matter to Facebook and to local police. It took a week for the offending fake profile and the image to be taken down. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police interviewed her, but they explained that nothing could be done.
Five years later, Miss Ng was still being haunted by the ghosts of cyberbullying as one of her friends alerted her that the Photoshopped fake image was once again making social media rounds, this time on Tumblr. Miss Ng notified the social network about the issue, and the Tumblr page was taken down. Much to her dismay, Miss Ng’s boyfriend noticed that the cyberbully had struck again, this time on Twitter.
Once again, Miss Ng contacted the police, who told her nothing much could be done. The Twitter account was eventually taken down, but Miss Ng bravely posted the picture on her own blog and told the world about her ordeal. Her blog post has gone viral, and it has become a great item of conversation and support for the online community of victims who have suffered the psychological damage of cyberbullying.
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