French authorities examine suicide broadcast by way of Periscope
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In one other intersection of web livestreaming and tragedy, French police are investigating the suicide of a youngster that was apparently broadcast on Periscope. The New York Occasions reviews that a 19 yr-previous lady threw herself in entrance of a practice on the Égly station (25 miles south of Paris) Tuesday afternoon, on the finish of 5 streaming periods totaling almost two hours. French paper Metro says she informed viewers they might “see one thing” round 4PM. Through the broadcasts, a viewer requested if she was going to kill herself, and she or he responded “No,” but in addition stated nothing might make her rise up within the morning. Prosecutor Éric Lallement stated in a press release that she despatched a textual content to an in depth pal, saying that her actions got here because of evil, within the type of violence and rape, inflicted upon her by an ex-boyfriend.
Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, informed Buzzfeed that the content material had been reported and eliminated, though the prosecutor stated his workplace is making an attempt to acquire video of the incident from the corporate. Clips have been republished elsewhere, reportedly together with segments the place emergency staff are reaching the sufferer underneath the practice. Its content material coverage doesn’t explicitly point out self-hurt or the way to report suspected incidences, however says the service is “meant to be open and protected.”