KEY POINTS

  • Khloe Kardashian wants to remove a private photo of her that was posted online without her permission, a report says
  • The photo was mistakenly uploaded by an assistant, according to KKW Brands' chief marketing officer
  • Twitter users had positive reactions to Khloe's viral bikini photo

The Kardashian team is working hard to wipe from the internet a photo of Khloe Kardashian that has been posted online without her permission, a report says.

The alleged unauthorized photo, which recently went viral on social media, showed the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star, 36, posing in a skimpy leopard print string bikini sans the heavy editing and airbrushing that are mainstays of their pictures. The image is authentic, Page Six reported.

Copies of the photo were soon taken down after members of the Kardashian PR team reported the posts as copyright infringement.

"The color edited photo was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant," said Tracy Romulus, the chief marketing officer of Kim Kardashian’s KKW Brands, in a statement to Page Six. "Khloé looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down."

One unnamed source told the outlet that the photo was taken while Khloe was mid-conversation over the weekend. It featured some edits, but not the usual level seen in her campaigns for her clothing label, Good American.

Meanwhile, social media users have showered Khloe with praise over her appearance in the viral photo,

"She actually looks normal! Nothing is wrong with this picture at all," one commented.

"She looks better and real in the first pic!" another wrote.

"her face is stunning and her body looks so good why," a third user added.

"She looks pretty good given her height and age," a fourth netizen wrote.

Khloe has yet to publicly comment on the image, but she has admitted to altering her photos in the past.

"Facetune is the best thing to bring to the table. It’s life-changing," she said during an appearance on Chelsea Handler’s former Netflix docuseries, "Chelsea Does," in 2016.

Khloe continued, "It’s the only way to live. … It’s not real, you are presenting to the world what you want them to believe you are. It’s amazing. I think our society nowadays is so caught up on getting validation from the social world that no one really knows, so they post these things."

Khloe has faced backlash over her alleged "changing" appearance in her social media posts over the years. However, the "Revenge Body" star reportedly brushes off the criticisms about her looks.

“Khloe doesn’t care about the backlash she’s been getting from fans saying she doesn’t look like herself in her recent photos,” an unnamed source told Us Weekly.

Khloe Kardashian Khloe Kardashian speaks onstage during FYI - Kocktails with Khloe panel during the A+E Networks 2016 Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on Jan. 6, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Photo: Getty Images/Jerod Harris