This Week A Turkish Man Killed Himself On Facebook
In its “community standards” Facebook pledges to keep its users safe and claims to have zero tolerance to any violent or graphic content. But with its new tool “Facebook live” which allows you to live stream videos, social network with over 1.5 billion users is yet to figure out its biggest challenge—how to censor possible sensitive or controversial content that is broadcast in real time.
How many people saw it? Certainly too many. Because Facebook failed to censor the video and it continued to be on a user’s profile page for two days, being shared thousand of times and then going viral on the web, including youtube. Last afternoon the video was still not taken down…
When back in 2012 a secretive 17 page long “graphic content” policy document leaked online, we learnt that Facebook in fact has bunch of detailed rules—some of which seem bizarre—when it comes to vetting visual content. For instance, any forms of sexual activity, even simulated will be removed, no female nipples, no “people using bathroom”. Yet deep wounds, blood, crushed limbs and heads are okay “as long as no insides are showing”.
So how are those rules going to be applied to its new “FB Live” tool that was aggressively promoted? Can we really believe that social network — that highly relies on its users to report inappropriate content– has it all under control? (HeatStreet)
How It Went Down, Step By Step
Before the act he also shared a poem that he had written to his allegedly adulterous girlfriend, saying: “Our love was going to be a saga, our eyes were not going to shed tears, now tell me love, are you leaving, will my hands burn without you.”
Speaking to the camera, the man says: “No one believed when I said I will kill myself – so watch this.”
He then explains that he plans to commit suicide because his girlfriend ended their relationship.
He adds: “Watch this.”
His first attempt at pulling the trigger of what appears to be a shotgun fails when the weapon appears to jam, and then he tries again.
He readjusts the camera, points the weapon at his chest, and then there is a gunshot and he is no longer visible on camera. (MIRROR)