Social media users speak out after threatened with legal action

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Social media users speak out after threatened with legal action


  • Khloé Kardashian’s team reached out to social media users this week asking them to remove a photo of her.
  • Insider spoke to representatives from three accounts contacted by the Kardashian team.
  • One said his post with the photo had been online for less than an hour when he received a DM to remove it.
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It’s been a busy week for the Kardashian team. After a poolside bikini photo of Khloé Kardashian began circulating on Reddit, Instagram and Twitter, her team confirmed to Page Six on Monday that they were actively working to get her cleaned up from the internet.

The Kardashian team said the image, which did not appear to have been airbrushed or digitally altered, was color edited and posted “by mistake by an assistant.”

“Khloé is beautiful, but the copyright owner has the right not to want an image not intended for publication removed,” Tracy Romulus, KKW Brands’ marketing director, told Page Six.

By Thursday, virtually all of the original accounts that reposted the photo had been asked to delete the image, and only the screenshots – and the conversation generated by the incident – remained.

Insider spoke to the people behind some of the social media accounts who posted the reality TV star’s photo and were asked to remove it by the Kardashian team.

“I never really thought I would get involved in something like this, to be honest,” the person behind Problematic Fame, who has more than 100,000 Instagram followers, told Insider.

A representative for Kardashian declined to comment when contacted by Insider.

Some accounts said they had the bikini photo on their feed for just a few hours before the Kardashian team took them apart.

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Kardashian.

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People behind the accounts told Insider that they were contacted through a variety of channels – some via Romulus Instagram direct messages, others via lengthy emails.

Problematic Fame, an account managed anonymously by a user who describes himself as a “broke student who started this account just to spend time in quarantine,” spoke to Insider on condition of anonymity to avoid harassment.

The person behind the account told Insider that they had previously received “death threats and other terrible and threatening messages” from celebrity fans that they highlight on their account, which mainly shares articles on the celebrity plastic surgery and photo retouching.

The student said he heard from longtime Kardashians rep Romulus the morning after posting the photo to their account on Saturday.

At around the same time, Instagram also informed the account owner that the post had been removed, citing “intellectual property infringement” which means infringement of another person’s intellectual property.

“We removed your content because a third party reported it infringed on their intellectual property rights,” the Instagram review, viewed by Insider, reads.

But before being deleted, the post drew quite a few eyeballs during the brief period it was live on the stream, according to Problematic Fame.

“My post had great engagement, approaching 10,000 likes, I believe, in less than a day,” the person behind the account told Insider via Instagram direct messages.

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Second from left, Tracy Romulus with Kim Kardashian in 2016.

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The Good the Bad and the Fake (TGTBATF), an Instagram account that also posts about celebrity photo retouching, had a similar experience, they said. After sharing the unauthorized photo on their grid on Monday, the Instagram user who manages the account, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect his personal information, said he heard from Romulus almost instantly.

“I would say the image was in place less than an hour before I got the DM from Tracy,” the person managing the TGTBATF DMs told Insider.

According to the person behind the account, their post was ultimately removed by Instagram, which cited an intellectual property violation, similar to the notice that Problematic Fame received.

On Twitter, Krystal Green, a plastic surgery consultant who also posted the unauthorized photo, said she received identical emails from the Kardashian team and from Twitter telling her that her post had been removed. .

“Twitter deleted it for me and locked my page until I agreed not to post it again,” Green told Insider.

Twitter’s notice also contained the Kardashian team’s initial request to the social media account to have the photo removed. The post, obtained by Insider, said the photo was taken by Kardashian’s grandmother, MJ Shannon, “in a private location” and “illegally posted online, without permission.”

Some of the Twitter and Instagram reviews shared with Insider by Green, TGTBATF, and Problematic Fame attributed the copyright to the photo to Shannon, while one said Kardashian owns the copyright.

When contacted by Insider, the Kardashian team declined to comment to clarify who owned the copyright.

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Khloé Kardashian in 2019.

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The Kardashian team threatened legal action if users did not remove the photo

In a screenshot of the private message seen by Insider, Romulus told TGTBATF that she would report the account for “bullying and harassment” and implicate the lawyers if they did not remove the photo from their account.

The person behind Problematic Fame said Romulus also threatened legal action against them for posting screenshots of his initial outreach to the account requesting the photo be removed.

“I don’t have the money to defend myself,” said the person behind Problematic Fame. “I certainly don’t have the money to hire lawyers against the Kardashians or anyone for that matter. “

A Kardashian rep declined to comment on Romulus’ post to the two Instagram users.

Meanwhile, Green called the ordeal “ridiculous and honestly very sad.”

” The lengths [Kardashian is] to go, to keep a false perception of your face and your body is worrying, ”she added.

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Kardashian aux People’s Choice Awards 2019.

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Kardashian responded to the noise surrounding the photo by filming an Instagram Live video showing her abs on Wednesday

Insider reporter Libby Torres previously reported that Kardashian has been repeatedly accused of photographing her Instagram posts. Over the past year, social media users have reported that a ‘new Khloé has just fallen’ and that she edited her face for what they called ‘Beyoncé cosplay’.

In response to her unauthorized photo becoming widely shared, Kardashian took to her Instagram page on Wednesday to share what she said was her “unretouched and unfiltered” body. She also shared a lengthy post in which she opened up about tackling body image issues.

“As someone who’s struggled with their body image all of their life, when someone takes a photo of you that isn’t flattering, in poor light, or doesn’t capture your body as it is after worked so hard to make it happen, “Kardashian wrote,” you should have the right to ask that it not be shared – no matter who you are.

A post shared by Khloé Kardashian (@khloekardashian)

She added, “For those who feel the constant pressure of never feeling perfect enough, I want you to know that I see you and I understand. “

Kardashian’s sisters Kim and Kendall and Kylie Jenner have left favorable comments, as have many other celebrities, like Ariana Grande.

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