NEW YORK (PIX11) — When Virginia mom Ciara Logan posted a photo of her three children donning their Sunday best on Instagram, at the least she thought she would get a few ‘likes’ here and there.
But when a mystery man suddenly started liking other photos on her profile, she did some snooping.
“As I scrolled through his pictures, I saw this picture of my children,” she told PIX11’s sister station WTVR.
That same innocent photo of her children she had shared with her followers had been converted into a meme complete with a slew of hashtags suggesting her son was a pimp to her two daughters.
“To insinuate that my son was a pimp or a car salesman because he has a suit on and he’s with two girls,” she said. “You know he’s [just] an 8-year-old boy who is very caring and very protective of his two sisters.”
Logan was blocked by the prankster after she confronted him with comments she posted on his profile page. She later deleted all the photos of her children, which was advice given to her by Instagram officials.
“This has taught me a lesson,” she said.
The mother of three isn’t the first to be victimized by trolls through an internet meme.
A meme which could be best described as an image or video with an ever-changing caption that goes viral is born every second.
Just ask ‘Scumbag Steve’ – the guy who “makes fun of your job and is unemployed,” among other things.
His real name is Blake Boston. The photo was a candid shot snapped by his mother and posted on his MySpace profile.
Boston eventually embraced his overnight fame, even attempting to launch a rap career.
One meme that turned vicious from its inception featured a then 4-year-old Heidi Crowter who has down-syndrome.
Internet trolls re-purposed an image of the girl – dubbing her “I can count to potato” girl.
Years later when her mother stumbled upon the hurtful image, she called on several social networks to take it down.