Trend of youth posing with country-made weapons on social media is worrying

Law enforcement agencies are tracking the trend


Gen Z, the first generation to use social media in their early adolescence itself, is reassessing their past on Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. The new trend is to revisit and re-share some of those early posts that were “cringeworthy” and put up only to grab attention. For instance, in a viral TikTok video, a user named @rckelly99 discussed the messages she sent over Snapchat when she was 13 to look cool. She even took pictures of her granddad from behind so that he looked like a young friend.

The new trend is to revisit some of those early posts that were “cringe-worthy”.

Social media is definitely the place to find bizarre trends. One such trend from Madhya Pradesh made law enforcement agencies cautious. Many youngsters shared pictures of themselves posing with country-made weapons such as pistols, revolvers and Bowie-type knives and daggers. In June, two youth from Madhya Pradesh’s Pati region were caught with five pistols. Their phones contained photographs of their friends posing with weapons. Surely, the youngsters must have realised by now that social media is a double-edged sword.