There's a lot of people here on GaG with photos of other people than themselves. It's a bit deceiving, especially when they're posting pics of non-famous people as their profile pic. Obviously you know she's not Jennifer Aniston, but when she posts a picture of Jane Doe you're led to believe it's her, are you not?
I'm all for freedom of choice, but is this type of perspective manipulation wrong?
It shouldn't be allowed. It's manipulating people to believe you're someone you're not, which is potentially dangerous to allow.
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It should be allowed. Freedom of choice/expression is more important than the possibility of deception.
I think if people claim an image is them, then I think it should be. As a basic thing, people should be honest, and I think it can be manipulative to lie about that. And it can give the real person in the photo a bad reputation /fake life they don't even know about. So I don't think it's really OK, especially without permission of non-famous people.
However. If you are only using that as an image that remains purely online (e.g. you never try to meet up with people in real life) it's no different than other "white lies" people might tell about themselves online. Some people consider the internet a way of creating an alternate persona, and as long as that fake or altered persona doesn't affect the real world (meeting up, relationships, etc) I don't think there is really an issue with it.
People have very different reactions to people based on the photo they use, I'm sure the girls who post bikini shots get very differnt treatment than someone obese. We are judged by our apperance everyday, so I think if people want to pretend to be something they aren't (so long as it stays purely virtual) I think it's not so bad. Don't think its good, but it is justifiable.
I understand your frustration, but just as with Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, etc., it would be impossible to police this. Rather, I would just be cautious when communicating with people online, and never give personal information. You are correct - you never know if someone is who they say they are!
I used to post fake images...random celebrities with horrible plastic surgery...because I thought it would repel predators..someone reported me for having those pictures and I was forced to take them off.
I wouldn't blame someone for putting pictures of good looking celebrities they idolize...but as for me I don't do that because people may think I am someone else..not every celeb is famous world wide.
I think we should continueour fake pictures..but tell everyone we aren't who we are.