Police Are Investigating Why a Venice Canal Mysteriously Turned Green

The local community was left astounded by the unexpected transformation of a canal in Venice as it suddenly took on a striking fluorescent green hue. This peculiar occurrence has prompted the authorities to initiate an investigation, aiming to uncover the cause behind the incident.

A Canal in Venice Turned Green

Police Are Investigating Why a Venice Canal Mysteriously Turned Green
A Canal in Venice Turned Green

On 28th May, an area of the renowned Grand Canal displayed a neon green color emanating from the Rialto Bridge and gradually expanding. While various speculations have emerged, linking the incident to climate activists, no individual or group has come forward to claim responsibility for this puzzling event.

On a Sunday, residents were the first to notice the peculiar shade, capturing images of gondoliers peacefully navigating the vibrant, highlighter green waters and sharing them online. The sight immediately caught the attention of the police, prompting an investigation into the matter. Authorities suspect that climate activists may be responsible for the incident, as a previous occurrence of a similar nature had taken place in the past. Specifically, during the 34th Venice Biennale in 1968, artist Nicolás Garcia Uriburu intentionally dyed the canal waters to a strikingly similar hue to raise awareness about environmental concerns.

The Reason for the Incident Is Unknown

The Reason for the Incident Is Unknown

Recent environmental protests in Italy have included a demonstration in Rome on the 21st of May. During this event, activists from Ultima Generazione turned the Trevi fountain black by pouring diluted charcoal into the water. Despite their previous protest, the group has not claimed responsibility for the green hue in Venice.

The authorities have sought assistance from the Italian fire service to aid in their investigation, collecting water samples for testing purposes. Veneto region president, Luca Zaia, has expressed his concerns about the incident and emphasized the importance of identifying those responsible. In a reassuring tweet, he informed the public that an urgent meeting with the police had been convened by the prefect to delve into the origins of the mysterious liquid.

Dating Apps Introduce New Ways to Crack Down on Romantic Scammers

Let’s face it – scammers exist, and they’re integrated into every aspect of people’s lives. Dating apps are no exception. There are plenty of individuals seeking to prey upon others’ weaknesses. How can one protect themselves from being scammed on online dating apps? Well, Tinder and other platforms are integrating a series of features to crack down on such individuals and stop the practice of romance scamming.

Introducing the Block Users Feature

Dating Apps Introduce New Ways to Crack Down on Romantic Scammers

Tinder executives recently announced adding a new feature to the dating app. As Rozy Kozoll, head of Safety Product Development, puts it, the initiative is designed to make using the app more comfortable for everyone. Hopefully, the feature will also help the app determine which users are scammers and take the appropriate steps to stop them from interacting with others. That’s not the only new feature, either.

Those who wish to file a complaint can now enjoy a hassle-free, simple, and, most importantly, faster complaint-filing process. The feature is called Long Press Reporting, and it’ll allow users to click on a shady message or hurtful comment and report it right away.

Challenges Dating Apps Have to Overcome

Kozoll has also touched upon many of the challenges dating apps have to face, including spam and scams. Tinder is known as one of the many dating apps emphasizing safety and trust during the world’s busiest love holiday – Valentine’s Day.

Hinge is another dating app trying to remove scammers from the game. Recently, the app sent an email to users with various helpful tips on how to sift through the scamming profiles. Tips include avoiding people in desperate need of money or those who offer a get-rich-quickly scheme.

Other companies have adopted AI-powered tools and manual ones to pick up scams by identifying potential problem profiles. Their aim is to determine which accounts are invalid. Previously, some online apps let users upload a picture that could be removed depending on its metadata.

Skepticism Is Due to Spot Scammers

Michael Steinbach, former Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s NS Branch, says fraud has changed a lot over the last few decades. National security has seen card thefts on the rise, but experts say many scammers get much better rewards when they spend some time getting the trust of their victims. That’s where dating apps come in.

Experts say it’s always advisable to approach online dating with a reasonable amount of skepticism. Looking at statistics, Steinbach advises users to keep all conversations on-platform until actual trust has been established. Moving the conversations to Telegram or other platforms can hide other risks.