Caitlin Seida Facebook Photo Goes Viral; Major Bullying, Privacy Concerns Ensue

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Caitlin Seida posted a photo of herself on Facebook dressed in a Lara Croft costume, thinking it was private. It was not. The photo spread, and spread again.

It rapidly amassed some of the meanest comments you can imagine, and sparked debate over the logistics and legalities of Facebook privacy settings.

Because Caitlin hadn't restricted her Facebook privacy settings to "Friends Only," she didn't have a legal right to the photos she posted on the site.

As such, they could technically be used on other websites, and they were. It's unclear how this one went viral, but it was posted, re-posted and re-posted.

Despite her best efforts, she learned that once a photo goes viral online, it's very difficult to scrub it from existence. It's a shame but a cautionary tale.

You can follow the above link if you wish to know what people said about her, but let's just say it wasn't kind. We'll leave it at that. You have to feel for Caitlin.

Why certain people get off on shredding someone's physical appearance behind the keys of message boards is beyond us. What do you get out of that?

That being said, when you post photos, you have to almost expect this. That goes for not just Caitlin or Lara Croft costumes, but anything online.

You can double- or triple-check your privacy settings and keep your friends list small, but the only way to truly prevent this is to keep it off the web.

That's on you. It's like abstinence but for social media.

Tips for protecting your shared images on Facebook:

  1. Go to Albums. Click on the gray globe underneath an Album. Click on Only Me or Friends. That will keep restricted to just those people.
  2. Re: #1, for individual photos that are not in an album, you'll have to go to each one, click "edit," and adjust the setting so that it's not Public.
  3. You can't make cover photos private. Choose accordingly.
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What I would like to know is why she posted it in the first place if she wanted it to be private? If you don't want anyone to see a picture, then don't post it. My heart goes out to her, and I don't think that anyone should have bullied this poor girl, but I guess we should just chalk it up to a lesson learned that nothing in this day and age is private!

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That's so pathetic it makes me sick :/

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She's fat, gross and disgusting, so what was she doing posing in that outfit anyway? Did she actually think it looked good? Must be an Obama voter.

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@ Republican

You are disgusting.

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@ Alicia

Who cares what outfit she is posting in? It is not hurting you. Why do you care so much? Get a life.. If you do not like it than why are you looking at it and making such a big deal of it?

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@ Republican

wow its people like u who make me sick to my stomach to live on this planet

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@ robin

Sorry that was meant for republican..

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@ robin

What in the fucking fuck? You are disgusting.

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@ Alicia

Sorry Robin, that was meant for Republican.

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Profile photos cannot be private either. All my photos I cherish are locked and will stay locked. It's not hard to see the privacy settings. Poor girl could have saved herself a lot of grief in checking into that. Hard lesson to learn. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with it -- other than her privacy was violated. Nor do I see a need for a HOLLYWOOD site to post about it and add to her grief.

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I'm not really understanding what there is to make fun of in this photo...

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She just the RIGHT weight for da brothas has she found her Jerome yet ??

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She has something to feel embarrassed about? Well then what is it? She's not half naked, running a foam finger up her ass, grabbing her privates, smoking pot and she's embarrassed? For what? People should be appauding her. I'd rather claim her as my daughter/sister then have the skanky shit I see on here anyway.

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People in this world are so pathetic. They think that just because you're not a size 0 you don't deserve to live on this planet. That you can't be beautiful. People that like are hideous inside and out.

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Have a heart THG. Take down her photo instead of adding to her pain. By the way, she is rockin that look.

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I think she looks beautiful honestly :) but I agree. This shouldn't have been brought up on here just for more ugly people to put her down.