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Police launch probe into fake Instagram account which impersonated co-founder of Reclaim These Streets and shared pornographic images of another woman
- Police are investigating fake Instagram profile which impersonated campaigner
- Jamie Klingler was targeted by an unknown person who set up fake profile
- The profile posted explicit images of unknown woman purporting to be her
Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into a fake Instagram profile which impersonated a Reclaim These Streets campaigner and shared pornographic images of another woman.
Jamie Klingler was targeted by an unknown person who created a fake Instagram profile which had posted explicit images of an unknown woman purporting to be her.
The images had then been sent to her male followers on her authentic Instagram account, including her father.
The fake account also appeared to link to a porn site called FanCentro, although this turned out to be a fake webpage.
Last month, Miss Klingler reported the incident to the Metropolitan Police, who said at the time that ‘there was no realistic prospect of identifying any suspects’ and so ‘the crime was closed’.
But the force has now decided to launch an investigation into the affair, following a ‘reassessment’ of the case.
Jamie Klingler was targeted by an unknown person who created a fake Instagram profile which had posted explicit images of an unknown woman purporting to be her. The fake account also appeared to link to a porn site called FanCentro, although this turned out to be a fake webpage
A Met spokesman said: ‘On Tuesday 8 February police received an allegation relating to offensive and indecent images posted on social media. An assessment of the available evidence determined that there was no realistic prospect of identifying any suspects and, as such, the crime was closed.
‘On Friday 18 February the case was reassessed and an investigation has now been started. The complainant has been made aware of the decision.’
Miss Klingler said the case appeared to have fallen into a ‘grey area in the law’. As the images were fake, they could not be classed as revenge porn.
She told the i: ‘The law needs to catch up in terms of revenge porn and fraudulent behaviour. There is nothing in the law about misogyny.’
The campaigner also set up a Change.org petition to make Instagram prioritise the victims of impersonation, and have fake accounts taken down first and then investigated. The petition has received more than 64,000 signatures.
Reclaim These Streets organised the vigil held in Clapham Common for Sarah Everard, who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by depraved Met cop Wayne Couzens.
Scotland Yard officers clashed with people at the event after the force cancelled the vigil due to Covid restrictions in place at the time.
Reclaim These Streets is currently seeking a judicial review of the force’s handling of the incident.
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