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Russian government launches 'Safe Selfie' campaign

"Even a million 'likes' on social media are not worth your life and well-being," the Russian Interior Ministry's "Safe Selfie" campaign motto reads.

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Ben Hooper
The Safe Selfie booklet offers readers tips on how to avoid injury or death while taking self portraits with their phones. Image courtesy Russian Interior Ministry
The "Safe Selfie" booklet offers readers tips on how to avoid injury or death while taking self portraits with their phones. Image courtesy Russian Interior Ministry

MOSCOW, July 7 (UPI) -- The Russian Interior Ministry has launched a "Safe Selfie" campaign encouraging citizens not to put their lives at risk for "'likes' on social media."

The campaign, announced Tuesday by ministry official Yelena Alekseyeva, features a booklet with illustrations of selfie-taking no-nos including posing with firearms, climbing an electrical pylon, standing in front of an oncoming train or car, hanging from a rooftop and getting close to wildlife.

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"Even a million 'likes' on social media are not worth your life and well-being," the campaign's motto reads.

"Today technical advances do not stand still, but with all the advantages there are new challenges and threats," Alekseyeva said. "Our booklet reminds you of how to take a safe selfie, so it is not the last one you will ever take."

The ministry said the booklets will be distributed at public events and to students in Russian schools.

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