It’s super-easy to trick your iPhone-using friends into sending you ugly, unexpected selfies.
There’s a snippet of text floating around the Internet that tells you to tap and hold your finger on the Apple iPhone camera icon when you’re texting someone. It supposedly brings up a hidden menu of selfie filters. Instead, it takes a photo of you when you least expect it. It’s perfect, then, for soliciting awkward photos from your contacts—if they fall for it.
Warning: This can only be pulled off if the recipient has an iPhone with iOS 8.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Message your victim a version of this text. Feel free to tweak for style/tone. It’s never going to work if it sounds like a bot commandeered your phone.
Step 2: Sit back. Relax. Wait for her to accidentally send you back an unexpected selfie.
Even the Daily Dot’s New York Bureau Chief fell for it:
You’re just a few easy steps and one ignorant friend away from having an image to hold over their head forever.
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