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#CoupleChallenge: What is it and why you should be careful?

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The latest trend to fascinate the netizens is the Couple Challenge, wherein people are participating to celebrate their relationships online through various social media platforms.

However, this seemingly “cute” new challenge has prompted authorities across the country to issue warnings against sharing pictures over the web after receiving a number of cyber crime complaints in this regard.

Here’s what you need to know.

Under the Couple Challenge, thousands of people around the world have been sharing pictures with their spouses or partners on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Reportedly, more than 35,000 pictures along with this hashtag have been shared on Instagram alone.

The trend has also sparked countless memes, with people using photo-editing software to insert their favorite celebrities in their own pictures.

However, this internet challenge has drawn the attention of the cops after they received a number of complaints over it.

The police said that many of these pictures are being morphed, edited or used for pornography, deep fake, or other cyber crimes.

In a recent Twitter post, the Pune Police warned users to “think twice” before sharing pictures with their partners on social media.

Tweet of Pune police about couple challenge

The cops came up with a warning after they received a number of complaints from people who had suffered harassment. While some said their pictures and personal information were misused, others claimed their images were morphed and then uploaded on pornographic websites.

Personal pictures shared by you online may be edited or morphed by cyber criminals for use as deep fake or revenge porn.

Deep fakes are computer-generated images that may be used to superimpose a person’s face on to an existing video or photograph.

Revenge porn, on the other hand, is the practice of creating or sharing sexually explicit images or videos on internet without subject’s consent.

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Woman, three children die in fire in UP village

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Banda, Dec 26 : Three children and their mother were burnt to death in a fire which spread from a bonfire in Dubey Purva Mau village in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Mahendra Pratap Chauhan, said, “Kallu, a resident of Dubey Purva village in Marka police station area in Banda district is a daily wager from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He lived there along with his wife and three children. The sparks emanating from the bonfire lit due to the cold gutted the entire house. Possible other reasons behind the fire are also being probed.”

According to the locals, the villagers raised an alarm when they saw the flames engulfing Kallu’s house. By the time they were able to break open the door, the entire house had turned into rubble. There was only burnt debris and smoke everywhere. On receiving information, the police arrived and the fire brigade too reached the site.

Villagers said the mother and her three children were burnt to death in the fire in the kuccha house which began from a bonfire. The police and the fire brigade personnel put out the fire and removed the bodies from the rubble.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate said prima facie the cause of the fire appears to be the sparks from the bonfire. But only an investigation can confirm the actual reason.

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