A horror movie has given rise to a real-life scare for parents and teenagers in South Florida.
State and local law enforcement agencies are investigating the creation of social media websites that encourage users to submit nude photographs of friends and acquaintances, which are then published without their consent.
The illegal practice has been cropping in other cities in Florida and elsewhere since the release last month of “The Purge: Anarchy,” a horror flick about a futuristic society in which all criminal activity is permitted for one 12-hour period each year.
In some cities, the photos have appeared on Instagram and Twitter, as well as other social media sites.
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The sexually explicit sites have made their way to South Florida, where the Miami State Attorney’s office on Friday asked for help in trying to identify those responsible.
“The accounts are apparently related to the social media cyber-bullying campaign, ‘the purge,’” according to the agency.
The State Attorney’s office is asking those with information to contact their local law enforcement agencies.
“It appears that some of the victims affected by the incident believe that they have identified the suspect,” the office said Friday in a statement. “These victims should notify local law enforcement and not approach or engage the suspect in any manner.”