Instagram now offers another way to fear the digital world. Apparently some people (mostly young women?) have been using other people's baby photos as a basis for online role-playing.
Instagram users like Nikki steal images of babies and children off the Internet, give them a new name, and claim them as their own. Sometimes they create entire fake families. Others then interact in the comments of each photo, role-playing as they virtually feed, burp, swaddle, and even reprimand these virtual children.
At times the role-playing expands:
Some Instagrammers even portray themselves as virtual adoption agencies, where followers can request specific babies and toddlers they’d like to adopt--“Looking for a two-year-old girl with blonde hair, green eyes, and who is feisty”--and the adoption agency then finds a photo, usually without permission. Role playing ensues.
(thanks to Ton Zijlstra!)