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What began as a trend for women to celebrate and show off their curves quickly turned sour when Twitter users started sharing ways to remove the red filter from the videos, exposing the women’s naked—or partially nude—bodies. Tutorials began popping up on YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit, which provided instructions on how to counteract the filter to reveal more than the video creator meant to show. Changing the lighting and filter displays the original image, and the woman’s nude body obscured by the filter was now visible. While that’s a blatant violation of privacy and consent, a quick search on Twitter will offer plenty of tweets of people, mostly men, asking for help in how to get rid of the effect. One user, in particular, was called out for editing videos from multiple women without their permission. “Fyi, report and block @Brezzlova,” one person tweeted. “This is one of the people editing and posting women’s silhouette challenge videos without the filter. Just scrolling down his media tab, he’s done this to over 10 women so far.”
Professional photographers and videographers are taking to TikTok and social media to warn women by explaining how easy it is to remove the filter. They suggest that they can wear a bikini or other clothing that covers up their most private areas if they do decide to participate. While those PSAs are appreciated, it is unfortunate that they even have to be shared. There is plenty of access to X-Rated content on the Internet from people who are willingly and consensually sharing it. So there is no real reason to violate someone who didn’t intend for anyone to see them naked.