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10/14/2013

Refrigerator Raider? Amazing woman responds against bullies by viral photo

How scary can this be? Receive an email from a friend who says, "You're famous on the Internet!" When this was not your intention at all. For Caitlin Seida, writer of 24 years, was the wake up call that forced her to rethink their social media habits. In an essay entitled My embarrassing picture went viral ("My picture went viral shameful"), Seida told how he dealt with a row of bullies who made fun of her when her Facebook photo inadvertently spread online.

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Seida discovered that the photo was broadcast in January, accumulating thousands of comments, but only he was speaking out of the picture after. The photo on which alerted her friend was taken in 2011, that year Seida had disguised for Halloween Lara Croft: Tom Rider. "I could not remember if I had put my private photo, but was now circulating on the Internet, and someone had written the words 'Fridge Raider' in it," said Seida to Yahoo Shine.

 

Initially, Seida thought the photo was funny. "I am a plus size woman, and had been a real shot, but not very favorable," he said. "I have also been treated with bullying all my life because at 14 I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that causes weight gain." However, after reading the comments accompanying the photo, your laughter faded quickly.
"People wrote things like, 'Wow, she's fat" and "Why do people like her do not stop to exist?'" He said Seida. "In many ways, I understood the humor we all laughed at a funny photo online, but we seldom realize that the subject is a real person appears. At the same time, was totally destroyed."

 

After scrolling through hundreds of comments mocking his body, Seida called her friend Terri Jean, one photographer with legal knowledge, and between the two hatched a plan. Locate and confront the worst bullies, it was pretty easy task, considering that many had mentioned on Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter and Failblog using your Facebook account, making them easily identifiable. "I asked them why they were doing this and please stop share and comment on the photo," he explains.
Seida was surprised by what happened next. "While responding to my email, none of them apologized," he said. "One is surprised that his comments were traceable. In a way, it was confirmed that people were not as malicious as much as thoughtless."

 

Seida is just one example of how people are beginning to confront cyber bullies. In September 2012, Balpreet Kaur, a woman belonging to the Sikh religion, with a scraggly beard, had his picture taken in the Library of the Ohio State University without their knowledge. When Kaur found that the image was posted on the social networking site Reddit, spoke with his own comment: "Hey, guys, I'm Balpreet Kaur, the girl in the picture, I'm not embarrassed or humiliated by the attention (negative and positive) that drew that picture, because that's how I am. " His response urged many to reconsider their words and the person who initially posted the photo Kaur apologized. That same month, dtelad11 Reddit user discovered that a photo of him sitting on the floor of the subway with a computer in the legs accompanied by a caption that called it 'workaholic'. Dtelad11 commented on the matter, explaining that rarely given time to work on his doctoral thesis with a newborn at home, and then apologized for the inconvenience, beating his critics.

 

Seida has also secured the support of Internet helping to make peace with the photo and adjust their social media habits: she now regularly reviews its privacy settings Facebook account is aware of the pages you are given a " I like ", and does not accept friend requests from people you do not know. "I've also learned to speak up when I hear people making fun of the photos of others," he said. She is using her newfound fame to help others avoid the same fate. "I'm creating a website called I Feel Delicious (I feel delicious), an open forum where people can feel good without judgment," he said. "I chose the word 'delicious' because, unlike the word 'beautiful', conjures up images of diversity (flavors, textures and flavors), like people."