Let’s admit this: social media trends are getting out of hand.
Back when vine was still a thing, people would go out of their way to do dumb things for views. Forget vine, even people on YouTube do dumb things for views.
Remember when kids ate tide pods? Or the Kylie Jenner challenge? Or when people dressed up as clowns and wanted to kill people?
Dark times for the internet.
And it’s getting darker.
Murdered for funny video
With how fast things go viral on the internet, it’s no surprise that people are finding new ways and new concepts to try to make a viral video.
In this case, these two men thought that pushing someone off a ledge would be funny.
I get dark humour and humour, but this is another level.
The two men, born in 1993 and 1996, pushed a 48-year-old man off a ledge and into a river. The incident took place in Ukraine, at a restaurant in Dnipro city’s Poplavok restaurant which is built over a river.
Unfortunately, the victim did not survive as he was unable to swim to safety.
It was also alleged that the man was beaten up by the pair before this. After the two men had pushed him off the bridge, he held onto the railings for his life. But he lost his footing and ultimately drowned to his death, falling from a height of 12 feet.
The deputy chairman of Ukraine’s police force Vyacheslav Abroskin addressed the incident: “Dnipro police have located and detained two b*******, born in 1993 and 1996, who pushed a stranger into the river for the sake of filming a video with a mobile phone.”
That’s some strong language and it’s understandable.
Found and detained
The man’s body was eventually pulled out of the water, and the two men were detained as part of a murder investigation. This incident truly showed the dark side of the internet where people make cruel videos for views.
Deadly Social Media Challenges
Over the years, there have been many social media challenges that caused an outcry of safety. Technology is advancing so rapidly that information can be spread virally, very quickly. And with the influence of the internet alongside influencers, millennials tend to follow them.
An example of this would be the recent “In my feelings” challenge. Although some people did not do them in moving cars, many others did. Participants would have to jump out of a moving car with an absent or distracted driver.
18-year old Anna Worden fractured her skull and had bleeding in her brain. There were also blood clots in her ear after the challenge went wrong.
And another example, as stated earlier, the tide pod challenge. This was a meaningless and dumb challenge where participants ate tide pods… and that’s it. Teenagers and even grown adults did this challenge.
In the first two weeks of January 2017, the US had 39 reported cases of teenagers eating laundry detergent. The challenge has since died down, thankfully, but it still remains one of the most meaningless challenges to date.
Thanos should’ve gotten rid of these trends too.