Why this is happening??
Recently, one of my sololearn friend informed me about my profile is being reported at this thread: https://www.sololearn.com/Discuss/524028/?ref=app Just because im using Bill Gates photo in my profile pic, tell me is it wrong on sololearn?? If yes, ok i have changed my profile pic already, but if no, tell me what actions should i take against such kind of person reporting me like that, and i will use my old profile pic again. I don't harm any people here, so why im being targeted like that, please tell me! Note for moderators: Please help me by giving me answers, and if u edit anything in this question, tell me what was wrong in my question, down in the comments. Thanks in advance to everyone!
8/31/2020 7:53:30 AMＭＯＨＡＮ👨💻
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Just using a profile picture is not an issue. When you start using the avatar alongside username it can be considered impersonation and we may ask you to change(via DM). This is the dictionary definition of impersonation as pulled from wordnik: 1. The act of impersonating; personification; investment with personality; representation in a personal form. 2. imitating the mannerisms of another person 3. a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect 4. pretending to be another person` About people reporting you: It appears it was done by a poster who is not aware about the actual rules. A mod should not take any action just because you were reported. Only when it was/is something that breaks the guidelines do we take action if any, or warn/inform when necessary. Hope this helps clear things for you. 1. https://www.wordnik.com/words/impersonation
It's funny how people make unnecessary reports on here but to start with, I'd like to give you an insight of what impersonation is. If your name remain as MOHAN but got a bill gate pfp, that's not impersonation and you can use any PUBLIC FIGURE's pic provided they're not copyrighted. This isn't against the rule and I don't think you have any reason to change your pfp in you're in this category. I mean there's no actual difference between someone using anime and someone using gate's pic as their pfp. If your name says "bill gates" EXPLICITLY, and you've got a bill gate's pic, this also isnt impersonation yet untill you started some harmful behavior like defamation of characters( relating to the person on the pfp) which can be against an implicit rule which doesn't exists on the Term of use page, but who will ever expects bill gates on this platform , just wondering. To deal with someone reporting you unnecessarily, BLOCK him/her so they won't have anything else to do with your account
Plz answer Lord Krishna Gordon
No , You can use Bill gates photo in your account like me I am using Sundar Pichai photo in my profile.
ＭＯＨＡＮ👨💻 I understand, your concern, i saw a report yesterday, of profile named 'Elon Musk' he also have a profile picture of Elon Musk And I don't think it's any problem in using name and profile, it doesn't mean Those profiles users wanted to setup a fake account, It's just they admire them, and that's what the fandom is all about. Second thing , they are public figures, note the word "Public" by this it means they don't have any reasonable expectation of privacy for their photos, otherwise why would people create fan clubs BUT, Still the bigger question is where are you using those images and for what purpose, like here in sololearn if the Sololearn policy says no copyright content can be used or displayed in any sort of means, THEN it is illegal to use.. AS of you see the policy of Instagram and other social sites, they say every photos and images are accessible as long as the public figure himself doesn't have a problem. So u may now understand Why it is not right to use on Sololearn specifically
ＭＯＨＡＮ👨💻 I don't think there's any issue keeping profile picture of a profound personality... Moderators, if you are seeing this comment, kindly take care of such issues...
It's ok to use any profile pic unless it is too offensive.. of course I have no problem with even offensive profiles.. because spying on others is not my business..
people are going crazy.... how can they report only for a profile picture that has no copyright and i think there is no rule in sololearn that nobody can use any celebrities or other profile picture.
ＭＯＨＡＮ👨💻 There is no any Rule. There are lots of people who use their ideal Person Pics...
This is strange.How could someone do that just because of a profile picture? I haven't ever reported anyone before so I have no idea about the proceedure through which its been done and I'm really sure it's not a one tap process. I still don't understand why this is happening : the reporter needs to be questioned..
That's wrong.. This is strange.How could someone do that just because of a profile picture?May be if you also have used the name then it may have seemed ok to me, but this not. I haven't ever reported anyone before so I have no idea about the proceedure through which its been done and I'm really sure it's not a one tap process. I still don't understand why this is happening : the reporter needs to be questioned.. And before reporting you should first DM the person. Also reporting without any information about the rules and regulations is also wrong. Happy coding </> Have a technical day....
C'mon there's no rules in SL against one using famous people as your dp.......I think the reporter don't know that and he should be queried queried .
Mirielle I didn't said you can use however you want, It is clearly mentioned that the purpose of use should not defame them, "In the context of defamation actions (libel and slander) as well as invasion of privacy, a public figure cannot succeed in a lawsuit on incorrect harmful statements in the United States unless there is proof that the writer or publisher acted with actual malice by knowing the falsity or by reckless disregard for the truth." and this Libel Law may vary country to country.
I think you should contact developer
I don't have any knowledge regarding to this scenario but, I don't think is an offence using Billgate's photo as your profile picture... #StayHomeStaySave
Lord Krishna Just adding a comment.. Impersonation occurs when person 'i' makes an impression they are person 'j'. Using name of say sundar pichai and using his photo may not necessarily mean impersonation. Rather say using Lord Krishna name along with your dp may be impersonation depending on intent. As even impersonating bill gates or such is not a harmful offence, strict preventive measure isn't required. And I'm not sure but anything on public domain without explicit copyright/ license grants everyone to use it. Do eg news editors ask for permission before posting a photo of pm? @'reporters' I suggest to refrain from reporting these lame issues (just for fame?), mods do have much more serious things to do to keep us safe. thank you
Lord Krishna Impersonation- Changing current features to be like someone else Was not googled
In short, you can have your Bill Gates pic back
If you want to use an image that isn’t yours you must first obtain permission to use it—whether through a license or the person directly. If you request permission and it’s granted, keep a record on hand for future reference. When someone shares an image on a public account, that doesn’t make it public domain. That person still own the copyright. Furthermore, why would you portrait someone else. Be you and don’t feel shy to show your good self. You’re unique and be proud of yourself. If you own a business and you use your company’s logo as the avatar, that’s called branding and is completely fine.
Mr.Khan The tag was a mistake and the fact that I need to sleep before daybreak makes it difficult to realise. It was supposed to be Мг. Кнап🌠 but unfortunately your name popped out the top of the selection priorities list. Lots of apologies for that. To prevent further notifications from this thread, do unfollow the thread by tapping on the star icon below the OP's question. To prevent me from mistakenly tagging you the other time presumably when I need to tag some other Mr. Khan, you should block me