But it's not about pedophilia either.
Weeks earlier, I saw a "call" to change our Facebook profile images to a cartoon character (that we enjoyed on TV in our childhood). It said it's a call for advocacy on protection against child abuse.
It's a scam, as I've found out. Harmless, but still a scam. Was still happy to have done it nonetheless, even after I found out it was only a joke.
A few days after I changed my profile photo (to Visionaries ='), a Facebook friend posted this profile status (or something like it): "ATTENTION! Just reported that the group that started the post about changing your profile picture to a cartoon character is actually a pedophiles group that is doing this because its easier to get accepted friend requests! Please re-post."
|My FB profile image. Leoric by stratosmacca on Deviantart.com.|
(Actually asked myself why children would use Facebook other than for playing games... I know of some kids who have Facebook accounts, but they only really use it for games. Sometimes they post comments. Sometimes they post photos, but none of those photos could be something that's "pedophile material". Actually a lot of those are cartoons too... Also, I don't think pedophiles could coax these children to go out for a meet-up... It's just improbable.)
So I went and Googled "scam Facebook cartoon profile", and I was surprised at how far back the scam has been around.
I won't reiterate what the many posts that are around have stated so I'll just let you browse the articles themselves.
Here are the links I visited:
- This first one, seems to be the most "academic". If you have time to read only one, I recommend this to be it: thatsnonsense.com: Facebook Profile Pics Being Changed to Cartoons
- The Truth Behind the Facebook Cartoon Profile Pics Project! Hoax News
- Facebook Cartoon Profile Pic Scam Exposed!
- Facebook Cartoon Profile Picture Week
- Did Pedophiles Start The Facebook Profile Cartoon Trend?
- Why I am not a cartoon character (and other Facebook related madness)
Some people think it's nonsense, that it's a waste of time. Oh, come on! If we get a few people think about these important issues that we previously were unaware of or just purely ignored, then it was worth it.