Those days, when there were no basic internet amenities, people met each other in a close circle but didn’t have the opportunity to see new faces who were elsewhere in the world. However, with evolving technology, we are stumbling upon new faces online these days and that’s how things have changed now.
In fact, technology is one of the basic mediums to connect these days and communication is becoming very convenient. For example- Social media. It allows us to interact with people from different fields and different parts of the world. The best part is we become friends easily with new people.
Now, coming to the point, YouTube has often acted as the best platform for people to deliver their views and opinions. A decade ago, there were hardly any YouTubers in India but now, the number has been increasing rapidly. Today, YouTube is the most viewed video-sharing platform in India.
YouTube has also given a good career opportunity for many youngsters across India. Even school/college dropouts, jobless people can start a new life by creating a YouTube channel and delivering the best content in a nutshell.
However, at the same time, youngsters are misusing this platform in the name of pranks which is no good by any means. Youngsters should set an example in society but instead, some are pulling off pranks on strangers for the sake of money.
A 19-year-old youth pleaded guilty in a federal court in Manhattan in the US for pulling off a suicide bombing’ prank. He has been detained by the cops and will face up to 5 years in prison.
The reports say that the accused has been identified as Malik Sanchez. In February, earlier this year, the Youtuber live-streamed a video where he pretended to be a suicide bomber in an attempt to frighten two female diners outside a restaurant. The YouTuber positioned himself near the table of the diners and then shouted: “Let’s enhance their meal…Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. ‘Bomb detonation in two, in two minutes. I take you with me and I kill all you.”
To make it realistic, he further added, “And I kill all you for Allah. F, f that s. I’m gonna Allah. I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna f**g do it for Allah. I’m gonna do it, for, Allah, Allah, Allahu Akbar, Come on. I do it, bomb now, bomb now.”
This triggered the people to escape from the spot. At that time, the YouTuber kept laughing as the video earned so many views on YouTube. When the cops learnt about this incident, they quickly rushed to the scene. Nonetheless, Sanchez left the spot by then.
The prank video still remained on his Youtube channel. Earlier in May, US attorney (Manhattan) Audrey Strauss remarked, “As alleged, Malik Sanchez perpetrated a hoax bomb threat at a Manhattan restaurant that frightened innocent victims, sowed chaos, and diverted precious law enforcement resource.”
In May 2021, Judge Collen McMahon put the YouTuber in home confinement, three weeks after his arrest. She noted, “The first thing I thought was, this is a kid who needs to be seeing a psychiatrist, this is somebody who needs mental health counselling.
I’ve seen the crime. I’ve seen it, because he videotaped it, and he broadcast it on YouTube and it’s disgusting. It’s absolutely disgusting. It’s juvenile, it’s puerile, it’s deeply troubling, but it’s available. Anybody who thinks what I saw in the video was funny is definitely in need of mental health care, definitely.”