A Virginia mother was horrified to discover another user on Instagram had stolen a picture of her young children and reposted it with racist hashtags and a demeaning caption.
Ciara Logan of Henrico became interested in another user’s account when they had liked a number of her photos, none of which included her children.
As she scrolled through their posts she found a photograph she had posted of her 8-year-old son and twin 2-year-old daughters with outrageous hashtags.
“As I scrolled through his pictures, I saw this picture of my children,” Logan told WTVR. She posted the picture of her son and daughters dressed up for a special occasion two weeks
“Harpo just won’t let them girls be,” said the meme.
The hashtags beneath it included: #bringourgirlsback; #colorpurple; and #shortysellingcarsandpimping.
“To insinuate that my son is a pimp — or that my son is selling cars — because he has on a suit and he has two little girls with him — or to hashtag, ‘keep him away from those girls,’ as if to say my son is a predator,” Logan said. “He’s an 8-year-old boy who is very caring, very loving, very nourishing, very protective of his sisters.”
When Logan contacted the user, he blocked her, changes his page to private and changed his username.
The children’s grandmother was also disgusted by the meme.
“To have someone display my grandchildren, with so much negative connotations and distastefulness,” said Louise Logan. “I was just in awe, and it needs to stop.”
Instagram told the mother to remove all pictures of her children as a precaution.
“This has taught me a lesson,” she said.
She has since made her account private and says parents who post pictures of their kids should do the same.
“My message is share them with the ones you love via text message,” she said. “Get a page that is for family only, and private your page.”
After a backlash from users over stolen images in 2013, Instagram clarified its terms of service to ensure users have full ownership of their images. But photographers say that doesn’t stop users from hijacking pictures.
A Swedish photographer, Tuana Aziz, says he found a picture he posted to Instagram in 2011 had been screen-printed onto a T-shirt being sold at a Mango clothing store, The Guardian reported. The store removed the shirts after he complained.