Stop Sharing Disturbing Images on Social Media #AmjadSabri #SocialEtiquettes

Recently, the legendary Qawali singer Amjad Sabri was killed in broad daylight in Karachi. The incident was tragic enough as it is, but somehow, social media users in Pakistan made it worse.

I’m of course referring to the widespread sharing of videos and images of the spot where Amjad Sabri was killed by an assassin on a motorbike. People flocked to the crime scene and made videos and snapped pictures of the body, ready to tell the world that they were there first and they saw it all.

To all those people and the other users who shared the violent and gory imagery yesterday, what is the matter with you?

We appeal to Pakistanis to Stop Sharing Insensitive and Violent Images of the Dead on Social Media

Do social media users in Pakistan pause to think while they upload such graphic images on social media? Do they spare a thought about how they are contributing to the mental torture of the deceased’s family?

Most importantly, are Pakistanis severely disconnected from reality?

The Pakistani media too is not without fault here. In the race for ratings, they seem to have no respect for anyone’s decency or security. Many people here remember how they have broadcast videos from active warzones in Pakistan, at times giving away crucial intel to enemy combatants, just to quote one example.

But the question is, what about us ordinary citizens? Do we continue to do what the tv channels do?

We don’t even realize how many youngsters we have on our Twitter and Facebook, exposing them to such damaging material at a young age. Its like we are telling them that all this is normal and just another day in Pakistan, hence it’s ok.

Well let me tell you one thing. Its not ok. Its not ok to share such things on social media for just some likes and comments. There’s nothing more you’re getting out of it.

Pakistan is a dangerous place to live no doubt, but it’s time we put an end to a simple behavior that is damaging to all.

So the next time there’s a tragedy in Pakistan, please do us a favor and don’t share stuff that has no place on social media. There’s a reason why even the Western media doesn’t show pictures/videos of mass shootings out of respect for its viewers. And it’s time we showed the same respect to our deceased.

Samir is the Head of Entertainment at Lens by ProPakistani. You can reach out to him at samir.ya...

  • Pictures gets uploaded so they can get some likes and comments which is just shameful and senseless!
    We are achieving new lows time to time :(

  • Yes ! Agreed , We should not Show off These Incident to all over the world or social media,don’t get personalize these images and video for enhance rating for their TV Channels or other resources.

  • I tried to remove it from FB by complaining it. But it doesn’t against there community guidelines. :@

    • Yeah because these images are from Pakistan, but it from other countries then it may be removed

  • I saw that video and images on FB. Unfortunately I cant do anything of Images but I never opened Video, Than someone whatsapp me that clip which I deleted without opening as It was Soo disturbing for me. RIP Amjad Sabri

  • Always end up seeing more of these from my educated friends then others! If there’s a photo that you would not want of yourself to be shared, don’t share it! Simple enough!

  • Channels and Social Media pages try to get more hits and attention by doing such cheap tactics.. shame on meaningless race between media channels for rating and Followers for social media pages… every thing goes towards Business …

  • Why isnt anyone addressing core of the issue? We have had so much terrorism and deaths and people falling all around us that we have gone immune and indifferent to anything called sensitivity. We have become blood thirsty. Life does not matter any more, because we run equal risk of dying a violent death as any VIP of this country. Just that their deaths are more pronounced, discussed, and investigated.
    Death, blood and gore excites us. People/channels sell what majority among us buys. We do not even spare sacrificial animals on Eid-al-Adha and race to capture their last moments in this world and cheer/laugh when they fall for the last time. Do I need elaborate further?
    We are barbarians. We arent human any more. Why bother?

  • True these pictures shouldn’t be on social media, this should be unfair to sabri shb.

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