Alabama man streams suicide live on Facebook

An Alabama man who was in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend shot himself in the head with a rifle on Facebook Live Tuesday, the latest in a string of violence being streamed in real time on the social network.

The video posted by 49-year-old James Jeffrey was on Facebook for two hours and had more than 1,000 views, USA Today reported.

Law enforcement officials are hoping that this isn’t becoming a trend.

“It’s one thing to commit suicide. It’s another thing to victimize other people,” Anthony Lowery, assistant chief deputy with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office told the media outlet.

Facebook said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened” and that it cares “about the safety of our community and want to provide assistance for people in distress.”

In March, the tech firm released new tools so users can report a video in which someone is live-streaming a suicide attempt or self-injury. Users are able to reach out to the person directly, and Facebook says the person streaming the video will see options to contact a help line, reach out to a friend or view tips.

But the company still has more work to do.

This week, a man in Thailand who hanged his 11-month-old daughter from the rooftop of a deserted building also streamed the killing live on Facebook.

He took his own life afterwards, but the suicide was not broadcasted on live video.

Photo Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

 

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