A man has been sentenced to two years in jail after committing a shocking act in pursuit of social media popularity. The incident involved the man dangling a baby from a 15th-floor window while demanding “1,000 likes or I will drop him” on his Facebook page.
The distressing photo quickly circulated on various social media platforms, causing outrage among viewers. Appalled by the situation, concerned individuals promptly reported the incident and urged authorities to intervene, leading to the arrest of the responsible man.
Law enforcement swiftly responded to the public outcry, apprehending the individual on Sunday. According to police sources cited by Al Arabiya, the suspect was charged with endangering the safety of the infant.
Algeria’s privately-owned Ennahar TV reported that the accused, who is a relative of the child, vehemently denied placing the baby’s life at risk. He claimed that the image had been manipulated and distorted by social media users with malicious intent.
However, the court dismissed the man’s defense, recognizing the severity of the situation and the potential harm inflicted upon the innocent child. In response, the judge issued a two-year prison sentence as a strong rebuke for such a heartless act.
Child protection organizations and activists have strongly condemned this incident, emphasizing the importance of responsible online behavior and the prevention of dangerous stunts for the sake of social media validation. They are advocating for stricter regulations and increased awareness to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable individuals, particularly children, who are often exploited for digital engagement, told Albawaba.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dark side of social media, highlighting the need to report harmful content and unite as a community to protect the most vulnerable members of society. By standing against such reckless actions, we can strive for a safer and more compassionate online environment where the well-being of others takes precedence over fleeting online fame.