ALERT: New ’48 hour’ Game Where Children Pretend To Go Missing

October 24, 2017
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  • The game has infuriated many concerned parents, however, Facebook said they are taking the investigation very seriously
  • The game encourages youths to vanish for two full days without informing any of their loved ones about their whereabouts

Facebook has reportedly launched an investigation into the unsafe ’48-hour challenge’ game, where children are pretending to go missing.

Facebook is conducting an investigation after parents raised their concerns about the game which encourages youths to vanish for two full days without informing anyone of their whereabouts, not even their parents and loved ones.

It is reported that the game is a copy of Game of 72, which was hugely popular about four years ago. Game of 72 also dared kids to disappear for as long as possible.

People who participate in the challenge earn points by receiving likes for messages about their disappearance, or when their name gets mentioned in posts to social media.

This means that parents or friends who appeal for information about their missing children online are helping the youths win points.

The person who ultimately gets the highest number of points wins the challenge. You have two days to earn points and, at the end of the two days, you are allowed to reveal that you’re safe.

Facebook has issued a statement about their investigation.

They wrote, “The safety of young people on Facebook is a responsibility we take extremely seriously, and we are awaiting the links to investigate these reports to ensure we are able to take swift action if it is needed.”

Their spokesperson went on further to say that they are collaborating with other organizations, “We work closely with safety experts including the NSPCC, the UK Safer Internet Centre, Missing People, Childnet and many more to help young people have a positive experience on Facebook.”

They reassured parents by saying they work closely with “law enforcement agencies on issues regarding child safety”.

They are asking Facebook users to be responsible online and to report any issues of the ’48-hour challenge’.

They stated, “We encourage people to use the reporting tools available on every page on Facebook if they see content that concerns them, so we can investigate and take action.”

The Social media network haven’t received any reports yet, but they have stated that they are treating the issue with great care as it involves minors.

A Mother from Derry has expressed her concerns over the game after her own child disappeared. She spoke to Belfast Live about the experience.

She expressed her disgust, “This is a competition and it’s sick. The anxiety it left our family in is unspeakable.”

Her child and friends went missing for over 55 hours, which had left the family in a distressed state.

She added, “There was not even a moment of remorse when my child was taken into police custody and when the police brought my child home, I could see posts of selfies from the police car.”

The game has infuriated many concerned parents, however, Facebook said they are taking the investigation very seriously.

Featured Image Credit: Daria Nepriakhina

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