TIKTOK – Another challenge, originally innocent, whose consequences could be dramatic. On TikTok, a new trend has been raging since the beginning of the year: the “silhouette challenge”. If it is sometimes realized with a humorous or artistic purpose, many tiktokeers expose their nudity, under the malicious eyes of some Internet users.
The discord challenge is a derivative of the “anime challenge”, born in the summer of 2020. The principle is simple: in the foreground, tiktokkers pose alone in the dark near a window or a door, as you can see in the video at the top of this article. Then, in the background, we see their Japanese anime character appearing very close to them, as if he were real.
The success of this trend has inspired many users, who saw in this challenge an interesting artistic (and sometimes humorous) potential, but also a way to show off without being shouted at. Some stars such as actress Tiffany Haddish or rapper Cardi B have also taken up the challenge.
All of a sudden, the anime characters gave way, sometimes to gymnastic figures, sometimes to more and more suggestive poses, on a mashup of Doja Cat’s “Streets” and Paul Anka’s “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”. Applied to their TikToks, the “Red Wine” filter available on Snapchat allows users to partially or completely strip down, as details of their body are no longer visible.
Beware of malicious Internet users
Although the “silhouette challenge” does not require it, it is clear that the most popular TikToks are those that involve the nudity of the tiktokeers. On social networks, this trend unleashes passions, and is the subject of debate. Art or pornography? While some claim that the identity of users is preserved thanks to the filter, many Internet users warn about the potential danger of the “silhouette challenge”.
Over the past week, dozens of videos, all very similar, have bloomed on Youtube. In their titles, their authors boast to teach us “How to remove the red filter on “silhouette challenge”. In less than five minutes, these malicious Internet users explain how to remove in a few clicks the “Red Wine” filter that hides the body details of these tiktokeers.
On social networks, alarm bells are sounded about the risk for these TikToks to be posted on pornographic sites, without the authors’ knowledge.