A Northeast Ohio father said his daughter’s private Instagram pictures were being used to exploit Monday’s terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
Kelly, who did not want to give his family’s last name, said a fake Twitter account posted several tweets with his daughter Jordyn’s old Instagram pictures. The tweets claimed a girl named Chloe was missing in the attack. A subsequent tweet claimed she had been found.
“We have gotten Chloe back. She is back home safe and sound in her pajamas,” one tweet read.
“Waking up to Chloe’s door breaks my heart all over again,” another tweet read.
The account has since been taken down.
“I feel like maybe some people are dying for attention and they want to be on TV or something,” Jordyn said.
“Honestly, if anyone can do this, imagine what they can do with a picture on the dark web, or anywhere,” Kelly said.
The cyber security experts at Cleveland-based Trusted Sec said it’s a good reminder to talk with your kids about online security.
They recommended making profiles private, carefully screening friend requests and reporting profiles you think might be fake.
The profile using Jordyn’s pics had already been taken down, but not before hundreds of retweets.
“What about the people that really did need help and really were missing?” he said.