Women are taking the internet by storm this week with a genius trick to shut down unwanted X-rated pictures sent by anonymous men online.
The frightening trend of sending intimate images to people who have not asked for them is known as sending unwanted ‘d*ck pics’ and plagues all corners of the internet.
Any woman with a public profile has likely opened her social media account to an image or video she never wanted at some point, and in some places it is illegal.
Now women have decided to take matters into their own hands after receiving one too many unsolicited pictures, in a move that’s since been dubbed ‘genius’.
Using a seemingly generic ‘auto-generated’ message, the women make the man who sent the picture think they have triggered a police alert for sending ‘unsolicited pornographic images’, insisting they write ‘STOP’ to cancel the report.
"AUTOREPLY: We have detected the transmission of unsolicited pornographic images of a potentially illegal nature [code:36489-a] and your device's IP address has been forwarded to the police department pending an investigation. If you think this is a mistake, reply STOP,” the full message reads.
Woman’s ‘legal’ message goes viral
One woman who hilariously pulled off the prank took to Twitter with screenshots of the exchange and quickly went viral.
User Alexandra copy-pasted the message into a Twitter DM after a man sent an image of his penis without her consent.
The message hilariously prompted the man to reply with a flurry of ‘STOP’ messages, ultimately deleting what seemed to be a fake account.
Shared online, the screenshots quickly went viral.
Over 725k users liked the post, and a further 78,000 retweeted it.
“Absolutely thrilled with this he’s sh*te himself,” Alexandra captioned the images.
Thousands praise ‘genius move’
Thousands shared their reaction to the scenario, many praising her for a ‘brilliant’ solution to a serious problem, and others even giving it a go themselves.
“Good for you!” one man wrote. “In my decades as an adult, I've never met a woman who appreciates unsolicited dick pics. And the fact dudes can't understand that boggles my mind.”
“The most genius thing I’ve seen in months,” another agreed. “Kudos for shutting the creep down totally.”
“Brilliant,” another person summed the situation up.
Others decided to use the trick themselves, sharing photos of their successes.
In Australia, it is illegal to harass someone with unsolicited sexual images or nudes, but not illegal in and of itself to send unsolicited naked images unless they involve someone under the age of 18.
Official government websites encourage people who receive unwanted nudes to delete the image and not forward it on, and to tell the person you don’t want to receive them.
They then advise you to block them if your request goes unanswered.
The eSafety Commissioner even suggests using this meme to discourage the perpetrator.