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#BBCtrending: Role-playing with photos of other people's children

If you have ever posted a picture of your child online, the role-playing game #BabyRP may make you double check your privacy settings.

Players take photos of children harvested from other people's accounts. They then post the stolen pictures to their own Instagram account with a new name and an imaginary storyline, inviting others to role-play being daddy, mummy or child.

BBC Trending spoke to one mother who discovered dozens of photographs she'd posted of her son being used on a so called "virtual adoption" Instagram account. Instagram told us: "This type of content violates our terms. Once a parent or guardian reports it to us, we work quickly to remove it".

Video Journalist: Neil Meads

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  • 04 Aug 2015
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