Ac­tors pho­tos used for fake pro­files

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur

Ac­tor Saif Ali Khan is not the only celebrity whose pic­tures have been used on dat­ing apps for such fake pro­files. Sev­eral Bol­ly­wood and Hol­ly­wood ac­tors in­clud­ing Varun Dhawan, John Abraham, Hugh Jack­man and Johnny Depp have also fallen prey to such un­eth­i­cal acts of users.

“I have come across many pro­files on Face­book, that have my pic­ture on it but a com­pletely dif­fer­ent iden­tity,” says ac­tor Ar­jun Bi­jlani. “Some peo­ple have in­formed me about this as well. It is re­ally sad that peo­ple re­sort to such means of cheat­ing on so­cial me­dia and dat­ing apps. I sug­gest that ev­ery­one be very care­ful while in­ter­act­ing with a stranger on the web.”

Ac­tor Rashami De­sai says that the mo­ment some­body in­forms her about a pro­file with her pic­ture, she tells them to re­port the pro­file or block it. “This is a haz­ard that comes with be­ing pop­u­lar. Our pic­tures are all over the net and peo­ple use it as a dis­guise,” she adds. Not just ac­tors, some users re­call dis­cov­er­ing such fakes. “I have come across some pro­files, which have peo­ple from Spain and the US in the pro­file pic­ture. But when we get into a con­ver­sa­tion, after a point, they start talk­ing in Hindi and apol­o­gise for put­ting up a fake pic­ture,” says Esha, 22, phys­io­ther­a­pist. When con­tacted, a spokesper­son of Tin­der said that they take nec­es­sary mea­sures to en­sure safety of the users. “We con­tinue to ad­vise our users to be vig­i­lant, pay close at­ten­tion to ba­sic safety tips, al­ways ex­er­cise dis­cre­tion in their in­ter­ac­tions while us­ing the app. Users who vi­o­late our terms of ser­vice, are banned. “

PHOTO: VIDYA SUBRA­MA­NIAN

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