The Kardashian family and their team appear to be working to remove an image of Khloe Kardashian from social media after it was reportedly posted without her approval.
The moment the image was posted online, fans began to repost it. It has been shared multiple times by countless accounts.
But in a bid by lawyers to stop the image spreading further, accounts claim they have received legal notices for sharing the image, with some claiming they were blocked on platforms for reposting it.
Wait, what does the picture show?
The image in question shows Khloe Kardashian standing by the pool in a bikini.
The image looks noticeably different from the other images the reality star posts — in this image, her skin doesn’t have an artificially smooth finish and her curves are different.
Essentially, the image appears not to be airbrushed.
Khloe Kardashian has since addressed the situation by posting multiple videos of her “unretouched and unfiltered” body to Instagram along with a statement.
“The photo that was posted this week is beautiful,” the post begins.
“But as someone who has struggled with body image her whole life, when someone takes a photo of you that isn’t flattering […] and then shares it to the world, you should have every right to ask for it to not be shared — regardless of who you are.”
“I’m of course not asking for sympathy, but I am asking to be acknowledged for being human.”
Who took it?
According to various take-down notices posted online, the image was taken by Mary Jo “MJ” Shannon, Kris Jenner’s mother and Khloe Kardashian’s grandmother.
As the person that took the image, Ms Shannon is therefore the copyright owner.
Tracy Romulus, chief marketing officer for KKW Brands, told Page Six that the picture was taken “during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant”.
She went on:
The response from the Kardashian team was broad and swift, issuing takedown notices across several social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter and Reddit.
One Twitter account @KosmeticKrys posted unverified screenshots of notices that their account had been locked for reposting the image, as well as a takedown request from Los Angeles law firm Lavely & Singer P.C.
Fans seemed bewildered by the response — Khloe Kardashian generally only posts airbrushed pictures, but in this image she appeared as her natural self.
Many were left wondering why the Kardashians took such a strong response to what was a widely celebrated “realistic” image of the reality star.
Is this kind of response common?
Yes and no.
Takedown notices are quite common on social media platforms.
They are invoked under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which protects copyright owners who believe their rights under US copyright laws have been infringed.
The ABC contacted Instagram for comment and was directed to the platform’s policy on intellectual property that states:
“Generally, copyright protects original expression such as words or images.
What makes this situation interesting is the nature of the content in question and the ferocity with which the takedown notices are being issued.
The image of Khloe Kardashian has been generally well received from her predominantly female audience, to whom she regularly stresses the importance of body positivity.
Like this recent post to her 136 million followers about accepting and loving stretch marks:
But the amount of effort being invested in taking down each copy of the image across Instagram, Twitter and Reddit sends a quite different message.
Is it too late to contain the image from spreading further?
It is hard to say.
After circulating for about two days, the image is likely experiencing the Streisand Effect, where the effort to suppress information — a story, a video or a picture — only amplifies it further.
The Streisand Effect is named for legendary singer Barbra Streisand, who tried to suppress pictures taken of her house by suing the photographer.
She claimed the photographer had violated her privacy by posting the image of her Malibu home on a website designed to document excessive development on California’s coast.
But the resulting publicity from the lawsuit drove significantly more traffic to the website than it would otherwise attract.
The effort to suppress Khloe Kardashian’s image could be having a similar effect.
Instagram Is Rolling Out Reels Replies, And Will Be Testing A New Feature Which Informs …
Instagram has added a few more social features to the platform, with Reels Replies being rolled out. Along with the Replies, anew feature is being tested that shows when two users are active together in the same chat.
Reels has been performing much better than perhaps even Instagram ever anticipated. The TikTok-inspired new video format (which officially claims to have absolutely no relation to the former) had some trouble really finding its footing initially. However, Reels has grown massively and while it may not be a source of the most direct competition to TikTok, it is indeed a worthy alternative.
Reels has grown to the point that it has a massive creator program attached to it, and the video format has even been migrated to Facebook with the goal of generating further user interest there. Naturally, with such a successful virtual goldmine on its hands, Instagram has been hard at work developing new features and interface updates for Reels, integrating it more and more seamlessly into the rest of the social media platform. Features such as Reels Replies are a major part of such attempts at integration.
Reels Visual Replies are essentially just what they sound like: A Reel that is being used to reply to someone. It’s a feature that’s been seen frequently across TikTok as well. Reel Replies essentially take a user’s comments, and reply to them in video format. The comment will then show up within the Reel itself as a text-box, taking up some amount of space, and showing both the user who issued said comment along with the text. The text-box is apparently adjustable, with users having the ability to move it around and change its size depending on where it obstructs one’s Reel the least.
Overall, it’s a fun addition to the Reels format, even if the credit should be going to TikTok first. At any rate, it’s an example of Instagram really utilizing Reels’ social media capabilities, outside of just serving it up as a form of entertainment.
Speaking of social media capabilities, a new feature might help alleviate one of the most common frustrations encountered across all such platforms. Isn’t it annoying when you see that a friend’s online, but isn’t replying to your chat? Sure, they’ve probably just put their phone down to run a quick errand, but there’s no way for you to know, right? Well, there sort of is now! Instagram is beta testing a new feature via which if both users are active within a chat, the platform will display that accordingly. It’s a work-around, sure, and one that’s currently being tested for usefulness, but it’s still a very nice, and even fresh, addition to the social media game.
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5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android
Alright, we get it. You’re an Instagram Nostradamus.
You know exactly what you want to post and when you’re gonna want to post it. Maybe there’s a meme or comment you want to make that you know will be totally relevant for a future moment or event. Or it could be that you’re an influencer and you want to make sure you keep a steady stream of content coming, so you want to schedule posts for times when you know you won’t be active (or won’t have internet access).
You’ll be happy to know there are apps that are specialized for just such situations. So listen up, InstaNostradamuses…Instagrostra…Instadam…Insta…uh…you guys (we’ll workshop it. No we won’t. We’ll probably just abandon that effort completely. You’re welcome) — these are the Instagram-post-scheduling apps for you.
While all of the iPhone apps below are free to download, they all have some in-app purchases.
We’ll start with “official partner” of Instagram, itself, Planoly — an Instaplanner that uses a grid to let you plan, schedule, and publish posts (as well as Reels) on Instagram. The app also lets you see post metrics and analytics so you can make sure your post didn’t flop.
Credit: buffer / app store
Buffer is another Instagram post scheduler that helps you plan your posts and analyze feedback once they’re published. Use a calendar view to drag and drop posts into days/time slots for easy scheduling.
Credit: preview / app store
Preview offers typical post-scheduling tools and analytics along with a few helpful extras. Get caption ideas, recommendations for hashtags, and more.
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An Instagram post scheduler with a visual boost, Content Office allows users to plan and schedule Instagram posts while learning “marketing and visual guides to grow your brand on Instagram.” Like aesthetics and using visuals to create cohesive themes? Maybe this is the Instaplanner for you.
Content Office is available for iOS on the Apple App Store.
Credit: plann / apple store
You’ll never guess what “Plann” lets you do…
Aside from scheduling posts, get content ideas and recommendations, as well as strategy tips to ensure you’re maximizing your Instagram engagement. Ever wonder when the best time to post something is? Plann can offer you some help with that.
Social networking websites launch features to encourage users to get boosters
From Friday, users will be able to update their profiles with frames or stickers to show that they have had their top-up jab or aim to when they become eligible.
It follows on from people previously being able to show they have had their first and second jabs on certain social networking websites and apps.
TikTok also held a “grab a jab” event in London earlier this year.
I urge everyone who is eligible – don’t delay, get your vaccine or top up jab today to protect yourself and your loved ones
More than 16 million booster vaccines have now been given across the UK.
People who are aged 40 and above and received their second dose of their vaccine at least six months ago are currently eligible to have their booster.
A new campaign advert is also being launched on Friday, which shows how Covid-19 can build up in enclosed spaces and how to prevent that from happening.
Vaccines minister Maggie Throup said: “Getting your booster is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family this winter.
“It is fantastic to see some of the biggest household names further back the phenomenal vaccine rollout, allowing their users to proudly display that they have played their part in helping us build a wall of defence across the country.
“I urge everyone who is eligible – don’t delay, get your vaccine or top-up jab today to protect yourself and your loved ones.”