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Quit Photoshopping Officials Into Porn, Begs Giant Billboard

C'mon guys.
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(Photo: France24)

China’s Hunan Province has a problem: renegades are using their skills for black hat trickery, Photoshopping pictures of Chinese government officials and company bosses into porn. They’ll then use the Photoshopped pictures to attempt to blackmail the officials, who have no way of proving it’s not actually them getting freaky in the pics (have they not heard of the pixel test?).

The whole thing has gotten so bad–127 cases reported just last year, with over $7 million extorted–that law enforcement in Hunan are desperate to stop it. So desperate, in fact, that they erected gigantic billboards in the city of Shuangfeng warning against the phenomenon.

“Decisively crack down on the crime of exploiting Photoshop technology to blackmail people with compound pictures, in order to establish a good image of Shuangfeng,” reads one of the billboards, according to France 24.

Chinese officials are no strangers to sex controversies, so it’s unsurprising that they’d want to get out in front of this scandal: if you’re gonna blackmail someone, at least have the decency to do so with a real picture.

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