People Who Posted Awful Things Just to Get a Few Likes

The Internet is a truly harsh mistress. And on social media, where likes, retweets, and faves are the main currency, sometimes it can feel like your posts are getting lost in the detritus of selfies and pictures of sandwiches. Some geniuses have figured out that the more horrible your post, the more eyes you can get on it. Whether it’s just because people like to be shocked, or because everyone loves a train wreck, awful things posted on social media tend to get a lot of attention. This list looks at some of the worst things posted on Facebook, Twitter, and the rest of social media all in the name of likes.

It’s hard to tell what makes bad social media posts. But when you see them, you know it. From a husband posting a selfie while his wife is in labor to a police officer telling his Facebook friends to run over protestors, awful comes in many flavors. Below you'll find some of the most heinous posts from around the web that were seemingly posted solely to gain attention. Prepare to get angry and sad.
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  • Drunk Driver Livestreams Her Evening

    In this real life nightmare, a woman spent an evening livestreaming her drunk misadventures. At one point she said to her audience: “I’m driving. I think I’m on a flat tire. This is horrible… Goodbye red light… This song is super hot, I want you guys to know.” As the video spread, her viewers thankfully alerted the Lakeland, FL police, who were able to locate her and put a stop to her shenanigans.
  • Ohio Woman Livestreams a Rape

    In early 2016, an 18-year-old woman from Ohio made the insane decision to livestream her friend's rape on Periscope, instead of helping her escape the assault. After she was arrested, the woman claimed she was recording the video for evidence, and that she was too caught up in the attention the video was getting to do anything to stop the attack.
  • Oklahoma Sorority Posts Vine of Racist House Mother

    University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon obviously doesn't understand how the Internet works, because if they did, they wouldn't post a Vine of their house mother singing the N-word over and over for the entire world to see. When the house mother was interviewed after the video blew up online, she denied knowing what she was doing. "I don't know what I'm doing. I mean, I'm in shock."
  • Pro-Cop Facebook Page Posts Jokes About Dead Protestors

    In 2016, a Facebook page known simply as "Police Officers" that usually posts pro-cop messages (which is great, as many cops do wonderful work) suddenly started posting memes of Bernie Sanders as a child molester, and pictures depicting dead Black Lives Matter and anti-Trump protestors.
  • Cop Asks Facebook Friends to Run Over Protestors

    A ~very cool~ police sergeant from St. Paul was put on leave after he made a post on Facebook instructing his friends on how to get away with running over Black Lives Matter protestors. He wrote: "Run them over. Keep traffic flowing and don’t slow down for any of these idiots who try and block the street. Here is the deal, you continue to drive and if you hit someone make sure you call 911 to report the accident and meet the cops a block or two away.”
  • These Dopes Ruined Halloween

    You know what's cool the worst? When someone is murdered because of the color of their skin and people try to profit off of the tragedy in the form of meaningless social media likes. Speaking of which, these truly terrible people went to a Halloween party in 2013 dressed as Trayvon Martin (complete with black face) and George Zimmerman.