A woman has been praised for sharing a series of images that highlight how ‘perfect’ social media images are often edited – by showing each picture before and after the process.
TikTok star Rikki, @rikkisandhuu, uploaded a video with the caption ‘proof that social media is fake’, and in just two days it received over one million views.
In the clip, Rikki shows a ‘perfect’ image and then she shares the original picture before it was edited – and now she’s been praised for her actions.
Some have said she’s brave and others said her video was inspiring, as one user wrote “this helps more than you know”.
Rikki’s video received just short of 200,000 likes in the first 48 hours, alongside over 1,500 comments.
One user said: “This makes me feel more normal-looking, thank you.”
And another added: “Honestly didn’t even need the editing either way, you’re so pretty in pics without it.”
While a third added: “Guys, it’s not that hard to understand, don’t look at Instagram people like some kind of goal.”
“You are a real one for this babe,” added a fourth user. “I don’t know why people are made about the truth.”
Some users weren’t as complimentary and said that Rikki was part of the problem for editing her own pictures.
Then she replied: “I don’t edit my pictures anymore, just the brightness/saturation etc. I specifically paid for this app to show that you shouldn’t believe everything.”
Meanwhile, research shows that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the main “hunting grounds” for trolls — and almost nine in ten users don’t think the social media giants are doing enough to police violent or anti-social behaviour online.
A study of 1,000 adults who have experienced trolling found 87 per cent think these are the main platforms responsible for facilitating such abuse.
Nearly four in ten say they are mocked every time they go online, with a third targeted for their physical appearance.
Eight in ten think the inability to work out the identity of offenders is a major issue that needs addressing.