A BBC investigation has discovered ladies’s nude pictures shared at the social media app Telegram with out their consent on an enormous scale.
Within the cut up 2d Sara came upon a nude picture of her have been leaked and shared on Telegram, her lifestyles modified. Her Instagram and Fb profiles have been added, and her telephone quantity incorporated. Unexpectedly she used to be being contacted through unknown males soliciting for extra footage.
“They made me really feel like I used to be a prostitute as a result of [they believed] I might shared intimate footage of myself. It supposed I had no price as a girl,” she says.
Telegram has lengthy been well-liked by pro-democracy protesters in international locations with media censorship. Customers can put up with out sharing their title or telephone quantity, and create public or personal teams with as much as 200,000 participants, or channels which is able to broadcast to an infinite choice of other folks.
The corporate declined an interview with the BBC, however in a commentary it stated it does proactively observe public areas and procedure person reviews about content material which violates its phrases of provider.
Telegram didn’t ascertain if posting other folks’s intimate photographs with out consent is authorized at the platform, or whether or not they’re got rid of.
Investigation through the BBC Global Carrier Disinformation staff.
Manufacturers: Hannah Gelbart, Jack Goodman, Juliana Gragnani, Maria Korenyuk and Lucy Swinnen. Movie Editor: Shayma AlyssiDisinformation Editor: Rebecca Skippage
Voiceover: Hannah Gelbart