AUSTIN, Texas — Burning man photos and videos are a common sight in Texas’ Walmart stores, but you might be surprised to learn how to remove them.
The popular social media site Instagram and Google are starting to use cameras to automatically delete the images from their shelves, reports The Dallas Morning News.
The automated system is meant to reduce the number of people sharing and re-sharing images of people suffering from burnings, says ABC News’ Julie Pace.
For example, if you were to find a burned man, you could ask them to take a photo of them.
You could also tweet the picture to the hashtags #burnedman, #burningman, and #waste.
It’s a method of removing the burn from the public domain, but it’s not without risk.
In the past, the company has been sued by a family in Texas who was told the photos had caused them to lose their home.
But Instagram and YouTube are the only sites using the technology to delete the content.
“It’s the same thing with burning man images,” Pace says.
They’re a common way to spread misinformation about the condition, which is caused by a chemical reaction in the skin called hyperthermia, when heat burns the body.
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself, Pace says, but keep in mind you could still be exposed to the image and possibly expose yourself to skin cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every eight Americans have hyperthermic skin.
You can find out more about hyperthermism here.