Schoolgirls' photos also used in another blog featuring young girls


  • Nation
  • Monday, 25 Nov 2013

PETALING JAYA: In a case similar to sweetyoungmalaysiangirls.blogspot.com and gadismukabukumy, students from an international school in Petaling Jaya have spoken out about an incident where pictures of girls from the institution were also uploaded to a blog without their consent.

In a letter drafted to The Star on Monday, a pupil from the school explained about the photos which were grabbed from photo-sharing website Instagram and hosted on a website called ig-asiangirl.tumblr.com

The website was discovered two months ago and has already been taken taken down.

Surprisingly, most of the girls kept the news from their parents and took independent initiatives to address the situation. They spread word on social media and managed to bring down the website within 24 hours.

According to the letter, the site originally had a notice stating that "All images were taken from public Instagram accounts and are assumed to be in the public domain and are of fair use via copyright law and standards.”

After the issue was highlighted within the school, students were advised to change their account settings to private but photos were still being uploaded despite the security move.

“Even after (the students) privatised their accounts, on the same day every few hours, the website continued posting pictures from THOSE SAME now privatised Instagram accounts. This was shocking to us as it proved that whoever who was behind the website saved the pictures to his/her computer for later posting,” said one of the students.

“We were quite relieved when we discovered that the blog had been removed, but now as you can see, after 2 months, this kind of blog seemed to have re-appeared on a different blogging platform,” he added.

One of the girls from the school also had her picture used in the recent sweetyoungmalaysiangirls.blogspot.com and gadismukabukumy scandal.

With internet crime on the rise and unscrupulous individuals hiding behind the safety of their screens, students from the school hope to highlight the issue of internet safety so that others will not fall victim to similar situations.
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