Facebook Cartoon Profile Picture Campaign Stirs Controversy

December 6th, 2010 - 8:06 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
images18Dec 6, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The violence against children campaign launched last week on Facebook has recently been subjected to much controversy regarding both its origin and the threatening rumor surrounding it that the campaign is a malicious trap set by the pedophiles. The campaign launched on Facebook was that every user of the social networking site should replace their profile pictures with that of cartoons from their own childhood. The mission saw a steady gain of supporters inspite of the fact that the actual originator of the campaign still remains a mystery.

A buzz shot up that the British children’ charity NSPCC is the one responsible for the campaign. However NSPCC was seen posting in its Tweeter account that in no way did they launch the campaign on Facebook, neither are they connected to it in any way. According to sources, the British children’ charity NSPCC has said that they are impressed with what took place on Facebook, saying that they will always welcome these kind of causes with social purposes.

As for the threat related to the pedophiles the rumor spread on Facebook itself. One of the users had posted the question that how could cartoon pictures be a way of trapping kids. To this another user answered back that it was easy to find out as to what was the age of the users by identifying what were the pictures they were pasting on Facebook. By finding out which cartoon belongs to which era one can easily predict the user’s age, for the campaign asked to put pictures from one’s childhood days. The later person took up the examples of Spongebob Square Pants to say that it is a child whereas any one pasting Betty Boop’ picture is now an adult.

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