Quoted: Suicide live-streamed on Periscope

“We now live in a dictatorship of real-time.”

Thomas Husson, analyst at tech research firm Forrester Research, on the futility of trying to prevent disturbing events from happening as they are live-streamed, such as a suicide that was reportedly recorded on Periscope.

French authorities are now investigating after a 19-year-old woman jumped in front of a commuter train in suburban Paris on Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times reports. According to the local prosecutor, the as-yet unnamed woman texted “one of her close relations” in addition to broadcasting the suicide on the Twitter-owned live-streaming app.

The video is no longer on Periscope, but there are copies of it on YouTube. The video, which featured a woman who has not been confirmed as the one who killed herself, apparently received comments such as: “We’re waiting” and “I think it’s fun.”

French media reported that the woman said she had been raped, and named the attacker. About 1,000 people were said to be watching the stream.

Twitter does not comment on individual accounts, it told the Verge.

Last month, we wrote about the live-streaming of a rape on Periscope. The accused rapist and the friend of the 17-year-old victim, who filmed the rape, pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in an Ohio court.

Earlier this year, a man in Florida reportedly broadcast his own shooting death on Periscope.

Periscope, which Twitter bought last year, is an app that allows users to broadcast live video. It competes with similar offerings from companies such as Facebook and YouTube.

 

Photo from Periscope

 

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