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One San Francisco Man Used The New Snapchat Filters To Nag A Police Officer For Attempting To Sleep With A Minor

Snapchat’s recently found another hit on its hands with a trio of filters that allow users to virtually morph their appearance, either into a stereotypical man, woman, or baby. They’re a fun diversion, but one college student is also using them as a tool for justice.

Most college students use their free time studying or checking out their campus’s social scene, but 20-year-old Ethan wanted to bust online predators. 

News out of San Francisco showed a college student using the gender-swap filter to catch a police officer looking for sex with underage girls.

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Earlier this month, San Mateo police officer Robert Davies was arrested on suspicion of “communicating with a minor with the intention of engaging in sexual activity,” according to the local San Francisco CBS affiliate. The police received a tip from someone claiming to be a 19-year-old woman posing as a 16-year-old on Tinder.

A 20-year-old boy posed as a 16-year-old girl named Esther.

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It turns out the informant was actually a 20-year-old male college student named Ethan, who spoke to the Bay Area’s local NBC affiliate. He says that he was motivated to try to expose pedophiles after a friend revealed their own history of sexual assault to him.

After creating an account on Tinder and chatting with the police officer on SnapChat, the student shared the screenshots with authorities.

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Ethan posed as a woman named Esther on Tinder, and told Davies that he was 16, a fact that didn’t seem to bother him. The pair then exchanged many messages over the course of about 12 hours so that Ethan could eventually identify who he was talking to (“It got a lot more explicit,” he recalled). Then Ethan screenshotted the conversation and sent it to the authorities.

Oddly enough, the conversation also took place on Snapchat, making the app a one-stop shop for vigilante catfishing. “Snapchat, when you screenshot something, it notifies the other person that they’ve screenshotted the chats, right?” he told NBC. “So I had to screenshot all these on airplane mode in case he blocked me.”

Many on Twitter were totally unaware of the airplane mode loophole.

Like, we were totally unaware either. This is groundbreaking news for those deep spy days.

Many are upset the officer is only on paid administrative leave.

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Davies has been placed on paid administrative leave in the meantime. At the time of his arrested, San Mateo police chief Susan Manheimer said, “This alleged conduct, if true, is in no way a reflection of all that we stand for as a Department, and is an affront to the tenets of our department and our profession as a whole.”

Ethan told NBC that he does not plan to repeat the stunt. In the meantime, the filters remain a big hit, and Snapchat’s install rates have doubled since the filters were released.

A Racist Video Has Gone Viral In Which Two Girls Call For The Return Of Slavery And The KKK

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A Racist Video Has Gone Viral In Which Two Girls Call For The Return Of Slavery And The KKK

Another day, another racist video uploaded to the Internet. In the latest bigoted clip to go viral, two young white women from Illinois chant about how much they hate Black people and call for the return of slavery.

On Saturday, Springfield, Illinois, resident Gabbi Goldsborough posted a video on Facebook of friends Macy Castleman and Jayde Landers going on a wild rant about their deep hatred toward Black people. The 10-second clip, a screengrab of another video posted August 9 or 10 on Snapchat by user Sam Stieren, shows the women outdoors calling for a return to the times when Black folk were not considered human and were enslaved and brutalized. 

“We hate n*****s,” the pair say in unison.

Castleman, who appears in the video wearing a dark-color hoodie, added: “They smell. They don’t work. So we should bring back slavery to whip them n*****s. Bring back the KKK! Wooooo!”

Landers, who is seen in a light-color sweatshirt, then says, “Shh. People like Black people sometimes.”

The video, as can be expected, has validly angered many on the Internet.

“Love how people sit around and act like racism isn’t still a thing. Macy Castleman and Jayde Landers, you have a lot of explaining to do,” Goldsborough writes in her video post on Facebook. “You can say it’s an inside joke or think it’s funny, but it’s not.”

Along with the clip, the young woman, who is biracial, also published private chats she had with Castleman, which shows her unapologetic about video and calling it a joke that she doesn’t have much recollection of.

“That was like three years ago and, if I’m being honest, I don’t remember that at all,” Castleman responds when Goldsborough inquires about the contents of the video through a Snapchat message.

After Goldsborough calls it “fucked up,” Castleman gets defensive. 

“I have Black people in my family. Clearly, I don’t feel that way … so you can chill. Also, it was an inside joke with my best friend. But feel however you want about it,” she says.

While the video’s timestamp shows it was posted last week, it could have been recorded previously and added to Snapchat as a “throwback” or “memory” more recently.

In her post, Goldsborough points out that the timing of the recording is nonessential; what the young women say in the video is what’s damning.

“Honestly, I don’t care when you said it. I don’t care if you said it five years ago. The N-word still came out of your mouth, and there’s no excuse. Period. On behalf of my Black side, we’re hurt and so disappointed people still think and believe this,” she said, adding that if Castleman’s claims of having Black relatives are true, they would be really disappointed in her.

In addition to the public outcry, both Castleman and Landers are beginning to also face real-life repercussions for their racist rant. 

Castleman, who is seen in the video yelling most of the vile commentary, has been fired from her job at an assisted living facility. On Facebook, the Concordia Village and Lutheran Senior Services addressed the video and their former employee’s involvement twice. 

In a post made on Monday, they announce that Castleman was dismissed.

“A disturbing video posted on a personal social media account by a former employee over the weekend has come to our attention. We are disappointed by the personal views expressed by this former employee and regret the adverse attention it has brought upon our community. We have addressed the situation with the employee according to our personnel policies and that individual is no longer employed by Concordia Village or Lutheran Senior Services,” they wrote.

When commenters asked if the company had fired Castleman, they responded that they had.

Both institutions where the women attend, or were previously registered in, have also commented on the videos.

Auburn High School, where Sanders is a senior, made a brief statement on its Twitter account.

“The behavior of the two individuals in the video does not represent the views of our school or our community – what we teach or how we act in our school. There are policies and procedures in place, which will be followed for any students involved,” the school noted in the statement made on Sunday.

One community member, Eileen P McLaughlin, isn’t satisfied. She suggested that the teen be suspended or expelled, noting that not giving the young woman consequences to her actions would leave a “dark stain on your school.”

The Auburn Community Unit School District #10 said it has started an investigation into the video but indicated that the process has been difficult because the video was released publically while school is still on summer break.

Similarly, Lincoln Land Community College, the school where Castleman was enrolled as a nursing student, posted a statement on Sunday to their Facebook.

“In light of a situation brought to the attention of the college administration, I would like to assure our community that Lincoln Land Community College is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from all forms of harassment and discrimination,” President Dr. Charlotte Warren on Sunday. “LLCC values diversity. We respect and celebrate the differences among people, cultures and ideas. We recognize the inherent dignity and worth of everyone throughout the college community. We promote a safe and inclusive environment for all.” 

Warren added: “… If this situation involved a current student at LLCC, then it would be investigated and adjudicated per the policies and procedures of the College.”

Both Castleman and Landers have either set their social media to private or deactivated their accounts.

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We Gave Celebrities The Baby Filter And You Will Self Combust With The Level Of Cuteness

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We Gave Celebrities The Baby Filter And You Will Self Combust With The Level Of Cuteness

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Snap Inc. has created an entirely new facet of entertainment with its face filters, and lately, it’s become a social phenomenon. Celebrities have been toying with its gendered filters, which has sparked all kinds of discussions about true gender fluidity acceptance–off-app.

The baby filter is pure fun and games. Plus, seeing celebrities as babies makes it feel more likely that we would have hung out on the playground as kids. We not only added the filter to our favorite celebrities.

We’re passing out awards for cutest and ugliest baby faces.

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Bad Bunny posted this selfie of himself on Instagram. Haven’t seen a baby with that fly a fade in ever.

Baby Face Cardi B is giving us strong “Alpha Baby Vibes Award Winning Pout.”

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I mean… does she look any different to you all? Maybe she is just a sweet, baby-faced person in this land.

The 87-year-old legend Rita Moreno gets the “Try Me, You Dumb Baby” Award.

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Her hand looks freakishly large next to that baby face. We’re intimidated. You’re intimidated. We’re all just hoping she’ll let us pass without incident.

Ricky Martin is just proof that this filter works. Look at that Menudo face.

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Baby Ricky has some cool tats and strong selfie game. Tbh, he looks just like he did when he was a kid.

J.Lo wins the “Bratz™ Baby Face” Award.

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They say Latinos are born with a full head of hair. Baby Jenny has a whole ponytail. Get it, girl.

Baby Marc Anthony just won the whole game.

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He looks like those babies that already look like old men. You, win, Marc. We really hope your baby photos look like this.

Meanwhile, A-Rod’s ears are granting him rights to “Baby Dumbo Best Lookalike” Award.

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Why, Snap? Why wasn’t this addressed in the algorithm? There is nothing wrong with having big ears, brow. You are still loved.

Amara La Negra looking… exactly the same?

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When you already have flawless skin, this filter doesn’t do too much for you. She’s perfection.

Mario Lopez would have been “Most Likely to Prank Your Mom” kid next door.

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When you thought a baby face couldn’t get more baby face, and then you baby face filter Mario Lopez. 😂

Baby Gina Rodriguez was always “Too Kool 4 Skool.”

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She somehow got her hands on a big ole botellón 21 years too soon. Felicidades, Gina on 100 episodes of Jane the Virgin. That’s telenovela status.

Jaime Cami wins “Most Elegant Baby” award.

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Jane the Virgin‘s production actually used the Snap filter during an episode when Camil’s character, actor Rogelio de la Vega, was trying to adapt to his telenovela’s request for younger actors.

Rosario Dawson winning “Most Relatable Baby” award.

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She’s looking like literally all of us as a child. That classic no makeup natural baby look.

John Leguizamo takes home the trophy for “Baby with the Most Attitude.”

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He’s looking like a Boss Baby and we’re crying. 🤣😭

Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o is nailing the 2nd-grade yearbook vibes.

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Are you feeling like you could have actually have been friends with all these beautiful celebrities yet? Seeing them as babies makes them equal to the rest of us.

George Lopez wins the Most Disturbing Baby Photo contest of the year.

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It’s the firm jaw line mixed with the grey hair, we think. Maybe also the back posture.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made it on the Time cover as a baby twice.

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The congresswoman is the youngest elected member of the House, so we couldn’t resist. She’s still a baby, so the filter doesn’t change much.

Daddy Yankee wore this outfit when he was 2 years old as well.

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Every Latina mom gives their niño precioso a chain and a dad hat as soon as possible in life. Daddy Yankee wearing that look strong into his forties.

Salma Hayek hasn’t aged.

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She kind of already looks like this. Maybe we’re all just baby faces wearing makeup at the end of the day.

Benjamin Bratt is like a baby on Christmas morning.

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And he’s wearing the sweater abuela made him so he’ll never catch a cold again in his life. What a good baby boy.

Javier Bardem wins the “ERROR” message award for this competition.

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Does not compute. You can’t baby face Bardem.

And Gael García Bernal wins the “Most Serious Baby Face” award.

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It’s like he’s posing for a modeling gig or something. You’re just a baby, Gael–lighten up!

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