He Used a Snapchat Filter to Get This Pic, Launched a Sting

A California cop was arrested as a result of Ethan's actions
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2019 10:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Snapchat's gender-swapping filter has been used to make a viral Evanescence video, alter famous works of art, and reveal Glenn Close's unexpected male celebrity look-alike since it launched in May. Now, a use that's a little more impactful: NBC Bay Area reports a local college student used it to create a female photo of himself, then used that image on a series of apps to ultimately expose a San Mateo cop who was allegedly willing to hook up with a minor. The story:

  • Ethan, who opted not to provide his last name during his sit-down interview with the station, was rattled after learning a female friend of his had been molested as a child. So he decided to attempt a one-man sting to take down a pedophile.
  • The 20-year-old took a photo using the filter, and the Washington Post explains the benefit to doing so versus just lifting a picture from the internet: It made the photo seem more authentic: "Creating a unique image with the app meant that photo couldn't easily be traced back to its rightful owner with a simple Google image search."

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