Russian Police To Protect People From The Menace Of Selfies

Russian authorities say “Facebook likes” are not worth risking your life. Here’s how they plan to keep people safe from an unlikely killer.

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Concerned over accidents and deaths involving people taking selfies, Russian authorities have launched a campaign urging people to take precautionary measures while clicking self-portraits with their smartphones.

The warning comes after a 21-year-old woman in Moscow who accidentally shot herself in the head in May while posing for a selfie with a 9mm handgun.  

Russian police has an illustrated guide to taking “safe selfies” on Facebook, warning citizens to not die when taking photos of themselves.

"Unfortunately we have noted recently that the number of accidents caused by lovers of self-photography is constantly increasing," Yelena Alexeyeva, an aide to the interior minister told AFP. “Before taking a selfie, everyone should think about the fact that racing after a high number of 'likes' could lead him on a journey to death and his last extreme photo could turn out to be posthumous.”

This post shows illustrations that use stick figures to warn people not to take photos with tigers, while holding a gun, balancing on the roof of a building or standing in the middle of railroad tracks.

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Taking selfies at funerals, on top of skyscrapers or while running in front of raging bulls is crazy, no doubt about that. However, as people are increasingly getting accustomed to sharing too much on social media, the race to get the world’s most dangerous or perfect self-portrait is also getting more competitive by the day.

About 100 people were injured and at least 10 died in Russia alone this year in accidents involving selfies, according to AP.

Last year in April, a 17-year-old girl died in St. Petersburg after taking a photograph of herself at night with the railway line in the background to give "the most dramatic effect." But she fell and was electrocuted as she tried to grab some live cables.

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