Living A Double Life; Dark Side Accounts On Social Media Being Monitored By Authorities

It’s not uncommon for people to have a second profile or multiple accounts for their social media. One could be your personal and the other could be your work profile.

But while it can be good to have multiple accounts for different purposes, some people may be living a double life with those accounts. You’ll never really know what a person could be hiding or who they really are until you find that account.

“Dark side” account is what they’re called. A “dark side” or DS account is an account where people use to display their “dark side”, mostly for sexual desires and fantasies.

It is a place where the dark side of human nature flourishes away from the eyes – and laws – of society at large. Understandably why. Most of these accounts exists on Twitter as it is one of the few social media sites that allows explicit content but marked as “containing sensitive media”.

These DS accounts are on the rise, with most involving pornography-related posts, abusive words and invitations to have intimate relations, as well as uploading and selling personal pornographic videos and pictures.

Bernama spoke to a user, whose identity will remain anonymous, and he said that the social media platform has become an option as users are free to upload personal pornographic pictures and videos, and some of them even display unnatural sex acts.

“There are accounts that post pictures and nude videos of themselves for fun. Usually in videos and pictures, the posters will obscure their faces, but there are some who clearly display their faces,” he said, adding that he has been following several DS accounts.

The anonymous user said that account owners and their followers also unabashedly chatted about pornographic topics, sexual fantasies and exchanging pornographic content where from as little as RM50 to hundreds of ringgits, DS account owners sell those content to selected clients.

An expert in counselling psychology from Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM), Mohamed Fadzil Che Din, explained that the DS trend is seen to be closely related to mental health aspects.

He said the individuals involved have failed to balance their instinctive sexual urges with their rational thinking based on strong religious and moral values.

“As they are mentally weak, they fail to manage libido or strong instincts of pleasure. If their mentality is strong, all instinctive urges will be managed well and successfully. If not treated, it will become a cancer in society, especially for users of social media,” he said.

Deputy director (Investigation / Legal) of the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department, Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said police have paid close attention to the DS trend.He said police were cooperating with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to identify account holders found selling or distributing pornographic or erotic images.

Mior Faridalathrash said advertising, possession and distribution of pornographic material were offences under Section 292 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.


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