There’s a Harmful Way to “Rick Roll” Someone, and the Link Is Making the Rounds

– Kekma Ga –

Trolling someone can be entertaining at times. Not in a terrible way, but in a nice, innocuous way, and the internet is designed on that concept.

What is a “Rick Roll”?

Rickrolling has been popular for a long time, and the internet adores it. It’s a harmless approach to troll or teases someone, with the exception of a hurt ego.

A rick roll occurs when someone clicks on a link expecting to see one thing only to be confronted with the unexpected appearance of the music video for Rick Astley’s 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Given the number of views the video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” has had over the years (over 730 million), we’re betting this prank has been played many times. It’s a classic, but there’s a new internet hoax going around that works in the same way but is far worse.

What is Kekma.Ga?

The new way to rickroll someone when leveling up is through kekma.ga. It’s more widely known as Kekma, and it’s far more sinister than the harmless rick roll. Kekma was formed on April 23, 2019, according to KnowYourMeme, and it is fully “unsafe for life” and “unsafe for work.”

The link has been used in online attacks on various Discord servers and Reddit sub-channels.

According to KnowYourMeme, “the site has a fast flashing NSFL graphic followed by a high-pitched ear rape of a person screaming, as well as an NSFL video in the center of the website.”

“When opened, the page goes into full-screen mode, and every effort to leave the site results in a confirmation popup, which slows down the quitting process.” The videos that play when the link is clicked are full of gore and can be very upsetting to watch.

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When has Kekma.Ga been Used in Attacks?

There have been several instances of attacks where the link gets shared and people are unintentionally viewing offensive and harmful images.

However, one of the first known times the links were widely shared was in the summer and fall of 2019.

It was found on several popular channels on YouTube and Discord servers of political YouTubers like Vaush and Donald Trump’s YouTube channel.

In July 2020, Google Trends shows that the site saw a spike in popularity and according to KnowYourMeme, the spike was related back to “meme communities in Eastern Europe and South-East Asia.”

For anyone who may be curious about what visiting the link is really like, please don’t. The imagery is harmful, and the site makes it very challenging to click away quickly.

“When opened, the page goes into full-screen mode, and every effort to leave the site results in a confirmation popup, which slows down the quitting process.” The videos that play when the link is clicked are full of gore and can be very upsetting to watch.

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