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Young female motorcycle influencer unmasked as 50-year-old man!

A motorcycle influencer with 18k followers has been using Faceapp to appear 30 years younger - and a woman! Nice hair either way, it has to be said.

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BIZARRE news, as a 50-year-old motorcyclist has been found to be the real face behind a young female motorcycle influencer in Japan, who has built an online following of over 18 thousand people!

The 50-year-old man named Zonggu (on Twitter as @azusagakuyuki) was tracked down by a TV show who wanted to confirm suspicions of those online who had spotted clues in ‘his’ photos - and when the helmet came off, so did the mask.

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He had been using editing software (and apps like FaceApp) to morph himself into a ‘younger beautiful woman’ - his reasoning being that he thought nobody would be interested in what ‘an old uncle’ had to say online.

The clues that some followers had spotted included a reflection of a man in a wing mirror, and an unusually hairy arm for a woman in one picture.

Weirder still, despite the 'unmasking', he/she continues to post with altered images, and a growing following!

Some followers thought the editing was done simply to make her ‘more beautiful’, to build a bigger following online. Zonggu did admit it felt nice to become an online celebrity when he was asked by the Nippon TV show cameras... fame, eh.

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The online personality would be seen riding around on a pretty mint-looking Yamaha TZR-250R, and even pictured working on it in the garage.

Whilst the story is quite bizarre and amusing, yet it does also raise a few concerns about identity online. Naturally, pictures and videos can be edited and adjusted. In this case, it appears fairly innocent, with intentions of just being seen & heard. But the alternative grim-reality of grooming and misleading profiles does raise alarm bells.

Be vigilant out there, especially when it comes to catfish, Visordown gang.