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Father Risks Son's Life For Facebook Likes (Photo)

| by Michael Doherty
A young boy.A young boy.

An Algerian man posted a photo of himself holding his son off a high-rise apartment balcony, threatening to throw the boy off if he did not get Facebook likes.

"1,000 likes or I will drop him," read the photo's caption, according to the Daily Mail. The horrifying image landed the man in jail.

Social media users reported the dad, who is believed to be from Bab Ezzouar in Algeria, for child abuse.

He was tried in court where a relative testified that the were barriers set up that were not shown in the image, Breitbart reports.

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The father said the barriers had been edited out of the image by other Facebook users, reports the Independent. He added that the two were "just playing a game."

The judge disagreed, sentencing the man to two years in jail.

Users on social media and others spoke out against the image, condemning the man's dangerous game, Albawaba reports.

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Activist Ali Ben Jeddou said the father "should be brought to justice and punished in the most severe way."

"What is most striking is that it appears that the father is carrying his son with his left hand while using his right hand to take the picture," said one commenter. "This means the picture is more important than the child's life."

"The father is unaware of the magnitude of this heinous act which he has committed," psychologist Noura Rahmani told The New Arab, reports Albawaba. "In the future, the child may suffer from episodic fits resulting the fear he endured in this act. Such images and actions must not be tolerated, especially in our Algerian society, where crime is rampant."

Dalila Belkheir, a media activist, said the man was "not a father but a terrorist."

Earlier in June, a man in Oklahoma was arrested after he allegedly livestreamed the physical and verbal abuse of a 6-year-old on Facebook, according to Fox News.

Ralph Hishaw, 32, was charged with child abuse by injury, child neglect, and possession of a controlled substance after he streamed a recording of himself yelling profanities at the young boy, as well as slapping him.

According to police, the home where the video was taken lacked food and had "deplorable living conditions."

"No one is going to watch this video and think that what's happening to this kid is OK," police said, reports WPIX. Investigators used Google Earth, and information in other videos that he had posted, to find Hishaw.

Online records for Tulsa County showed that Hishaw was being held in lieu of bail, and reportedly did not have an attorney listed.

Sources: Daily Mail, Albawaba, Independent, Breitbart, Fox, WPIX / Photo credit: Bridget Coila/Flickr, Facebook via Breitbart

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