#DeadPose challenge causes uproar raising questions on responsibility of social media users

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The mastermind behind the infamous #DeadPose challenge says that he will not stop posting images of people participating in the challenge until its Facebook page reaches 40,000 followers.

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It is a target that, 18 year old Karabo Mnisi maintains, has to be reached and failure to that, the challenge could get worse.

“I have 26 000 followers and I’m only on phase two of these posts; I will clearly get what I aimed for as these phases escalate,” Mnisi told Pretoria News.

The #DeadPose challenge shows people posting images of themselves pretending to be dead. According to Mnisi, the challenge was inspired by the Hector Pieterson image in 1976.

 A picture of a dying 14 year old Hector Pieterson during the Soweto student riots. (June 16th 1976)
A picture of a dying 14 year old Hector Pieterson during the Soweto student riots. (June 16th 1976)

“The 1976 picture portrays that there was a struggle and someone died; I am changing the struggle history in a ‘swaggy’ way.”

Mnisi said that the challenge is currently in phase two, which shows people lying in a pool of blood.

“Phase three is going to be more dreadful if I do not reach my target,” the teenager threatened.

The teenager said with 40 00, he aims to be the most followed ‘Feleb’ (Facebook Celebrity) on the popular social networking site, as he currently stands at position six.

So far the #Deadpose challenge has brewed some controversy as Twitter and Facebook users posted morbid and some humorous images of themselves having succumbed to death in various ways.

However, not everyone was impressed with the hash tag with many calling it insensitive and some saying the graphic images were offensive.

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The challenge has once again put social media in the spotlight and questioned users’ responsibility on what they post.

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