What A Scam! #AAH

Couple of months ago we had advised against an “influencer campaign” where these so called social media influencers were promoting a site that claimed to be able to remove objectionable content “from all places on the internet!” What a scam!

 

Let us explain to you. This organization ran a campaign with Meta earlier where jointly they committed to removing such content from these particular social platforms & prevent its upload again. Great! We appreciate that intention! That process involved generating a digital fingerprint – called a hash – of the image(s)/video(s) on your device. A hash will be sent from your device, but not the image/video itself.

 

However, the marketing campaign they ran recently was totally different, they asked for the morphed/ n*de images to be uploaded on the promise that they will remove it “from all places on the internet” not any platforms, but from entire internet!

 

The red flags –

 

  • Nobody can remove anything from all places on the internet, that’s a scam! What about dark web? What about cloud, circulation on WhatsApp, reuploading, there is always a possibility of the content being present somewhere on the internet forever. Therefore it’s a misleading claim
  • This particular organization doesn’t have any formal agreement with law enforcement in India, so where is the data being kept, is it safe, what is the privacy policy?
  • Are the influencers so ignorant? Don’t they fact check what they are promoting? Are they aware it’s a false claim? They should definitely be penalised for this stupidity

 

When a journalist reached out to the said organisation, they accepted that they cant remove content from all places on the internet, and of course, that’s exactly what we were saying!

 

So now, why the false claim, why the misleading marketing, who should be held responsible? There are so many unanswered questions. We have of course filed a complaint against all those who were blindly promoting this claim for money.

 

As for our dear viewers please do not share any of your sensitive content/ complaint with anyone else except the Indian police. We totally understand that if your intimate data is leaked, it’s a very traumatic experience, sorry if its happened with you. Ask for support, reach out to someone you trust, you will be surprised with reactions of people who love you, they will always protect you.

 

But, remember at all points- NOBODY CANT REMOVE CONTENT FROM ALL PLACES ON THE INTERNET, OUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS REMAIN FOREVER. ONLY TRUST THE INDIAN POLICE WITH ANY EVIDENCE/COMPLAINTS.

 

Stay Aware, Stay Safe

 

Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!

 

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ABOUT ‘AKANCHA AGAINST HARASSMENT’

‘Akancha Against Harassment’ is India’s largest social impact initiative against cyber harassment. It was founded by Miss Akancha Srivastava in February 2017. It’s a not-for-profit Section 8 organization.

Honorary Board of advisors

Foundation’s advisory board hosts – Former Special DGP RK Vij (Chattisgarh), ADG Navniet Sekera (Uttar Pradesh), ADG Krishna Prakash (Maharashtra), Dr Poonam Verma (Principal- SSCBS, Delhi University)

Goals of this initiative

The initiative aims at Education, Empowerment & Bridging of general population with the authorities.

Support of the Indian Police for the initiative

Bridging is the most unique attribute of the initiative. We have a host of over 70+ senior police officers from across the country supporting us in content & awareness drive.

This unique strength helps us address any victim complaints that come to us as well as inform people about various measures of law enforcement across the country.

Multilingual AI Chat helpline for cyber safety

We run India’s only private national multilingual AI chat helpline for cyber safety. This helpline is currently available in Hindi & English on our website. It can be accessed from any internet enabled device. You can chat here anonymously, fearlessly.

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