Feeds

Facebook planking game claims its first victim

Death by planking - an Australian first

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

A social media game that uses Facebook as its vector is being blamed for the death of a 20-year-old Queenslander over the weekend.

The silly, but mostly harmless, game of "planking" involves a person lying straight, arms by side face down, sans facial expression.

Plankers are encouraged to pose creative or daring locations and post the feat of Facebook or YouTube. Planking fan sites have erupted all over Facebook, the “official planking group” has 99,605 fans, and Planking Australia has 83,719 fans.

Last week in the lead up to the fatal incident, planking had even gripped mainstream media with a number of news and TV presenters mimicking the act on prime television.

On Saturday night, 20-year-old Acton Beale was positioning himself on a balcony railing on the seventh floor of an apartment block when he lost his balance and fell to his death.

Even before the weekend death, police were starting to overreact to the craze. Last week in Queensland, a man was charged with trespassing on police property after he "planked" across the back of a police car.

Speaking to media after the death of the young Beale, Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said the police had feared a fatality with the growing popularity of the fad.

"Police fear that as 'planking' gains popularity there may be more injuries and, potentially, further deaths," he said.

While the Facebook “planking” community expressed some concern over the death, many defended the right to plank.

An entirely predictable outcome of the police and media interest has been even more interest in the fad. Planking sites reported increased fan numbers over the weekend. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS
'Prettier, better organised, more harmonious than if men were in charge'
Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD
'Officers were unable to determine Chicken's intent'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!
Put it away boys. Cover them up ladies. Your credit cards, we mean
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'
US court hears of cached browser image - not actual request
Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty
Sales of traditional brekkie foods soar as hungry folk get their mitts greasy
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.