French Teen's Streamed Suicide on Periscope Results in Inquiry

French authorities have opened an investigation after a young person allegedly reside-streamed video of her suicide on the favored app Periscope.

The native prosecutor stated Wednesday the younger lady threw herself beneath a commuter practice within the suburban Egly station, south of Paris, after claiming she had been raped by her former boyfriend. The prosecutor’s assertion stated the lady was born in 1997, so she was 18 or 19.

The teenager, whose identify was not launched, despatched a textual content message to a good friend of her former boyfriend a number of hours earlier than she killed herself Tuesday, prosecutor Eric Lallement stated.

"Within the textual content message, she mentions violence and a rape that her companion inflicted on her and claims she is ending her days due to the hurt that the younger man had finished to her," Lallement stated.

On Tuesday, the lady spent greater than two hours general on Periscope, divided in 5 stay periods. The final one lasted 29 minutes and appeared to have been recorded moments earlier than she killed herself, he stated.

The teenager’s video messages and cellphone have been seized by the police. An post-mortem and toxicology and drug exams might be carried out over the subsequent few days.

In her personal messages, the lady spoke rather a lot about her life and her troublesome relationship together with her former boyfriend, Lallement stated.

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The video has been faraway from Periscope, a cellphone reside video-streaming app notably common amongst younger individuals, however YouTube customers posted what they stated have been excerpts. The suicide scene itself shouldn’t be seen on YouTube.

Periscope, owned by Twitter, didn’t publicly remark.

The French case is just the newest one linked to Periscope. Final month in Ohio, a 17-yr-previous lady was raped by a person with whom she had been consuming and her 18-yr-previous good friend stay-streamed the assault on the social media app, prompting a prosecutor to file a rape and kidnapping indictment.