Silence Breakers named TIME Person of the Year

The brave Silence Breakers behind the #metoo movement have been recognized as TIME’s Person of the Year. The idea was conceived in 2006 by Tamara Burke, but went viral after being posted by Alyssa Milano in October of 2017: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” It has received over 66,000 responses so far.

The movement was described by Edward Felsenthal, TIME editor-in chief, as “the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades.” Not just women, but men are also coming forward to speak out about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault. The concept has permeated social media, inspiring victims to report the crimes against them, resulting in powerful men losing their jobs that once were able to shield themselves from retaliation.

You can watch the TIME piece on the Silence Breakers here:

Inspired by the Silence Breakers and the overwhelming impact of the #metoo movement, Miss Universe Guam, Myana Welch, has teamed up with us here at FaceChex to create a movement against online image abuse. When your image is stolen online, it affects you, the people in your social circle, as well as others online who are catfished, scammed, or hacked by someone using your photos. Online image abuse affects me, you, and #ustoo. #Ustoo is an outlet for victims of online image abuse such as revenge porn, identity theft, and hacking, to raise awareness and offer support to others.

Myana speaks to CBS8

Myana shared her story on the FaceChex Youtube channel, talking about how she dealt with finding out her photoshoot images had been sexualized and exploited on a fake online escort ad. She directed FaceChex to take down the pictures and spoke out about the lasting impact from the experience to CBS 8 San Diego to raise awareness on the issue of online image abuse.

If you have been affected by sexual harassment, assault, or online image abuse, know that you are not alone, and you can fight back. Through awareness and action it is possible to begin the healing process and prevent these crimes moving forward.

Are you ready to share your story of online image abuse, or offer your support to other victims? Use the tag #Ustoo to share your experience and get involved in the movement to end online image abuse. You can also reach out to FaceChex at info@facechex.com if you wish to share your story anonymously or need help getting stolen images removed online.

 

Kickstarter Live Interview with Miss Universe Guam

We hope you were able to tune in for today’s Kickstarter live interview with Miss Universe Guam, Myana Welch!

FaceChex founder, Mark Bauman, talked with Myana about her experience with online identity theft and how to protect yourself and your children from exploitation online.

If you missed the livestream, (or would like to watch it again!), please visit our Kickstarter page to watch a replay and order your copy of our online safety book Hacked at 17.

Were you as inspired by Myana’s bravery as we were? She is standing up for what is right and fighting against fake profiles – and you can join her! If you have a story to share, please send it to info@facechex.com.

Miss Universe Guam Combats Fake Profiles

Could you be a victim of online identity theft?

Imagine that you go on a beach vacation with friends. You take lots of photos enjoying the weather, laying out by the water in your bathing suit. You are excited to share those photos with your friends on Facebook, but what if you later discover that these images were copied and uploaded on an inappropriate website, sexualizing and objectifying them?

 

Myana Welch, title holder of Miss Universe Guam 2017, recently discovered that her photoshoot images were exploited on an escort site.  Crime Watch Daily highlighted this story, hopefully reaching more victims of online identity theft and inspiring them to stand up against their abusers along with Myana. She has started a movement through the Facebook page UsToo to raise awareness about online abuse and to offer support to victims.

Also, check out FaceChex.com. We’re the online image protection company that discovered and is getting her images removed. We offer affordable image protection plans that protect your online images.

You can watch Myana’s video on her experience here:

 

Miss Universe Guam Fights Online Exploitation

The Pacific Daily News reports that Miss Universe Guam, Myana Welch, is using her voice to fight online exploitation.

Welch recently discovered that her image was being exploited on a fake escort account, as well as other fake social media accounts. She was devastated to learn about this misuse of her photoshoot images, but is determined not to let the online abusers win. She is fighting back against the site that exploited her images with the help of online image protection company FaceChex.

FaceChex submitted legal documents to the escort site, demanding that the abusive content be removed. Along with getting her images removed, Myana is creating a movement for other victims of this online exploitation called UsToo. You can visit the UsToo Facebook page here to share your story and raise awareness for the cause.

Myana talks about her experience in a video blog:

 

Miss Universe Contestant – Photos Exploited on Escort Site

Myana Welch, Miss Universe Guam 2017, was devastated to discover that an escort site had stolen photoshoot images of her and used them to create a fake escort profile. To Myana, it seemed obvious that this wasn’t a real account, but then she realized others may not know that. “That’s my face..” she explains in a Facebook video. “and it’s saying…things that almost make me ashamed to even read.”

News 3 Las Vegas reported that the photos were found by online image protection company, FaceChex. Once Myana was notified of the misuse of her photos, she authorized FaceChex to issue legal documents to remove the stolen images.

Have your images been misused online? Myana is inviting you to join her in combatting online image exploitation. To take a stand with her, share your story on the Facebook group UsToo. This page is a movement to raise awareness of online exploitation and show victims they are not alone and that there is help.

Watch Myana’s video on the exploitation of her photos:

Teen Online Safety: We’re Writing the Book on it!

Here at FaceChex we are constantly thinking about how to increase online safety for our users…but for teenagers, with work, school, and social lives on their minds, online safety can get put on the back burner.

We want to change that.

We want to create a book, Hacked at 17, written to show teens the importance of protecting themselves online. It tells the real-life stories of people affected by online dangers and offers safety tips for how to avoid becoming a victim of these dangers.

Stories that will be included in the book include those on hacking, sharing inappropriate content, and cyberbullying. These are presented alongside safety guidelines for teens to follow online to avoid these issues.

Any pledge over $1 receives a free copy of a high resolution copy of “A Family’s Guide to Online Safety.” Rewards for backers over $10 range from ebook versions of the text to books donated to high school libraries on your behalf. Any pledge over $50 also gets the bonus of receiving FaceChex scanning along with your copies of the book!

Visit the Kickstarter campaign page to learn more and order your copy of Hacked at 17 to share with your loved ones!

 

 

FaceChex comes to Forbes!

FaceChex founder, Mark Bauman, contributed an article about the influence of fake profiles on social media to Forbes. You can read the article here to learn more about what impact fake profiles are having in your life (and on the free democracy of our nation).

Stay tuned for an upcoming article about protecting yourself from these fake profiles. You’ll learn how to avoid being tricked by them and how to avoid having your pictures used to create them!

Russian Meddling: Fake Profiles Influenced a Nation

Would you friend someone on Facebook who came from your hometown?

It’s possible you just don’t remember their face because you have a few mutual friends and he looks like a good guy. He even has his daughter in the profile picture with him.

In the case of “Melvin Redick,” enough people trusted a profile based on these facts to kick off a “unprecedented foreign intervention in American democracy,” The New York Times reports.

Melvin Redick was not, in fact, from Harrisburg, PA – the pictures associated with the account were ripped from a Brazilian man’s profile – and the posts Melvin made promoting a site devoted to leaking confidential U.S. Government information were not coming from a Pennsylvanian at all.

These fake profiles, created to influence American’s political views before the 2016 election, weren’t contained to Facebook alone. Twitter was also flooded with fake profiles because, unlike Facebook, Twitter does not require its users to use a full name at all (real or fake).

Facebook estimates that about 126 million Americans may have seen content that was distributed through fake profiles by The Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm.  This content was highly controversial and politically divisive and is widely believed to have had a significant effect on the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election.

Online identity theft no longer affects only the individual user whose content was stolen, but can have wide-reaching affects on their social network and ultimately influence an entire nation. More and more fake profiles are created every day – make sure none of the identity thieves behind them are able to use your likeness to advance their agenda.

FaceChex offers affordable protection plans that make sure no one can hide behind your pictures.

Learn more on our Youtube Channel. Below our founder dives deeper into this subject: