NEWS ANCHOR SEES HER PIC USED IN ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION ADS, DATING SITE ADS, SUES FOR $10 MILLION
What’s $10 million between friends? Well, a lot actually. But Philly news anchor Karen Hepp is not friends with Facebook or Reddit, especially lately. She just found out that a picture of her in a convenience store made its way online to some appalling places. Namely, racy ads on the two platforms. But what kind of racy ads? Oh, nothing to make a professional woman nothing less than totally pissed off. Like, dating ads. Oh, and let’s be sure to include ads for erectile dysfunction products. Yeah, it’s kind of like that. So she’s suing to the duo for $10 million bucks and to have the “content” taken down, like now.
KAREN HEPP SUES FACEBOOK, REDDIT, INGUR, GIPHY AND PORN SITE XNXX FOR USING HER IMAGE IN ADS
But court documents note that there are other platforms besides the two giants in her suit’s crosshairs. Let’s not forget Ingur, Giphy and a porn site even I’ve never heard of, XNXX. Her suit alleges that they all violated her rights of publicity. Oh, and that they have injured her reputation. Can’t imagine why she’d think that! Images of her appeared in some appalling places. According to the Verge, there was the picture of her in “a Facebook ad promising meetups with ‘single women,’ an unspecified ad for erectile dysfunction [on XNXX], a Reddit forum for sexualized pictures of older women [r/OBSF], and the ‘MILF’ tag on Imgur.”
BUT THE LAW IS LIKELY NOT ON HEPP’S SIDE, SO PLATFORMS LIKELY SKATE REGARDLESS
So yeah, Hepp seems to have some decent grounds for both her suit and the rage that prompted it. Oh, but there’s more. Someone modified one version of the picture on Giphy. More from the Verge, “A video appears in the background of a man—who is hiding behind a glass commercial freezer door and masturbating—to what would appear, from his perspective, to be the backside of Plaintiff.” Lovely. But her suit against the platforms may not have much traction, as content like her picture is available to use. But whoever uploaded the picture could be in hot water. If Hepp can figure out who that was.