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As commented elsewhere there's a really suspicious profile for a number of reasons cropped up.

It seems to be very near the top of searches for all kinds of topics, has large amounts of keywork spam duplicates and it seems some stolen images.

A lot of them appear to be flipped with saturation increased of images elsewhere from other users.

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/winter-mountain-snow-camp-scene-camping-1780718078

appears to be stolen from this guy:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cheafmundl/49652681852/in/dateposted/

His keywords are:

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Its a very strange account with the number of things appearing close to the top on so many topics and cant all be keyword spamming.

Anyway, have a look at his portfolio and see if any of your stuff or elsewhere appears there.

Quite a few of duplicates/flicked duplicates of his own images in the port too - maybe thats helping to game the system.

Almost all the images went live in a 1 month period mid 2020.

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14 hours ago, Former_Poster said:

As commented elsewhere there's a really suspicious profile for a number of reasons cropped up.

It seems to be very near the top of searches for all kinds of topics, has large amounts of keywork spam duplicates and it seems some stolen images.

A lot of them appear to be flipped with saturation increased of images elsewhere from other users.

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/winter-mountain-snow-camp-scene-camping-1780718078

appears to be stolen from this guy:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cheafmundl/49652681852/in/dateposted/

His keywords are:

image.thumb.png.10c74600bf0dcda158166d755d0f7734.png

Its a very strange account with the number of things appearing close to the top on so many topics and cant all be keyword spamming.

Anyway, have a look at his portfolio and see if any of your stuff or elsewhere appears there.

Quite a few of duplicates/flicked duplicates of his own images in the port too - maybe thats helping to game the system.

Almost all the images went live in a 1 month period mid 2020.

Some of the images in this portfolio look familiar. We had already talked about some of these images over a year ago.

The images all have a resolution of 2,500 x 1,600 px. That's the size that the "free" wallpaper sites provide the images in.

Here is an image from the portfolio:
https://www.shutterstock.com/de/image-photo/sand-desert-dunes-dead-dry-tree-1763580224

Here is the same image in much higher resolution:
https://www.shutterstock.com/de/image-photo/valley-dead-trees-namib-desert-dedvley-451640893

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3 hours ago, Wilm Ihlenfeld said:

Some of the images in this portfolio look familiar. We had already talked about some of these images over a year ago.

The images all have a resolution of 2,500 x 1,600 px. That's the size that the "free" wallpaper sites provide the images in.

Here is an image from the portfolio:
https://www.shutterstock.com/de/image-photo/sand-desert-dunes-dead-dry-tree-1763580224

Here is the same image in much higher resolution:
https://www.shutterstock.com/de/image-photo/valley-dead-trees-namib-desert-dedvley-451640893

That second port is just as suspect - exotic travel, small number of high quality images of all types from aerial to macro and so on.  Same half English truncated titles like a translate or copy/paste ( Western Iceland, cliffs stretching into the sea, the birds nest ) for example.

Im wondering if a lot of these accounts are linked to the same bot-farm or larger operation.

It does make sense to have lots of them for when some get caught and closed.

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