We all know that Facebook is one of many ways on how you can create exposure to anything. Most especially now that social media is one of the best ways to influence decisions of other things and people. However, some people also say that social media can create the very monsters inside of us. Last year, a burst of news that a man dared to dangle a baby to gather up likes on Facebook. How about you? Up to what extent would you do to get Facebook likes? Would you endanger a life for it?
There are people who live for it so even if it means taking their lives, they would do it. A lot of these insane and breathtaking videos has been circulating around the web lately and one in particular actually enraged netizens.
Last year, an Algerian man did the dumbest and worst thing just to get attention. He wanted to gather up Facebook lives by streaming a video where he’s holding a child just by the child’s shirt 15 floors or 150 feet above the ground.
The Algerian man did the unthinkable and dared to hold up a child who is reported to be his relative 150 feet above street level.
1, 000 likes or I will drop him.”
He posted the video and a lot of people were alarmed. People who were horrified and scared with the video posted immediately reported the Algerian man to authorities. They were able to locate the man and with their findings, they found out that the man was from the city of Bab Ezzouar.
Fortunately, the child was fine and the man was caught red-handed by the feds. He was filed child a***e charges and was sentenced to two (2) years in prison.
While on court, the prosecutors were able to find out that the man did what he did just to gather up Facebook likes. He wanted exposure through Facebook and he thought that doing this kind of gimmick could get him a shortcut to the fast lane.
Within the comments in the video, one Facebook user said:
What is most striking is that it appears that the father is carrying his son with his left hand while using his right hand to take the picture, this means that the picture is more important than the child’s life.”
The man reported that the Facebook photo has been tampered with and that it was not legitimate. According to the man, the picture was taken in a balcony with barriers to protect falls but the barriers were removed by people in social media. He somehow claims that the photo was edited. The judge did not believe his explanation so this then led to the man being sentenced to prison for two (2) years.
While on court, the child’s father was also called to forgive the man for his actions. But of course, who would forgive that kind of act? The man argued that he was just simply playing a game. In your opinion, is that a reasonable argument? Would you be able to forgive a man who endangered your child’s life?
He might simply be imitating Michael Jackson in Berlin last 2002. Where in front of fans, photographers, and the media, he dangled a baby over a hotel balcony. Later on, they revealed that the child was his youngest son, Prince Michael II.
After years, Michael Jackson called the stunt off and said that it was a “terrible mistake.”
Even though the Algerian man admitted that he did not mean for that to happen, what’s happened happened and it still imposed danger to the life of the child.
The Algerian man might not also be aware that he’s already committing a c***e but still, this type of stunt should not be tolerated in Algeria, says Psychologist Dr. Nouha Rahmani.
People have been consumed by social media validation and a handful of people are actually trying to convince themselves that it’s fine. Though some part of that is true, it’s still never right to endanger a life of an individual, especially a child just to gather attention from social media.
What do you think about this? Do you buy the reason of the man that the photo was somehow tampered with by “haters” from Facebook? Do you think that doing such an act to get Facebook likes is necessary? If you happen to find yourself in the same situation of the Algerian man, do remember that the man was found guilty from doing such an act. Whether or not you think it’s safe; whether or not you’re sure of what the outcome will be, never attempt dangerous acts that could take lives just to gather Facebook likes.