Another Facebook Live killing – a man hanging his 11-month-old daughter – is putting the social media giant under heavy scrutiny again, especially because the broadcast was left online for 24 hours.
The girl’s mother saw the killing on Facebook after relatives found it late on Monday, said The New York Times.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last week, “We will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening,” per NBC News. “We know we have a lot of work to do.”
Zuckerberg was reacting to the outrage following Steve Stephens posting to Facebook Live his random killing of an elderly man on the side of a road in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Stephens broadcast remained accessible for Facebook users for two hours before it was removed.
Facebook failed to remove Monday's broadcast of Wuttisan Wongtalay killing his daughter on the rooftop of a deserted hotel in Thailand for 24 hours, according to The Guardian.
Wongtalay, 20, hung himself after first hanging his daughter from the building, per NYT.
Relatives reported the broadcast to police after seeing it late Monday.
By the time the clips were finally taken down from Facebook at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the videos had garnered a combined 370,000 views on Facebook.
Jullaus Suvannin, a police officer in charge of the case, said Wongtalay’s motive appeared to be his troubled marriage.
“[Wuttisan] was having paranoia about his wife leaving him and not loving him,” Suvannin said, according to the Guardian.
Despite taking a whole day to remove the clips from its social media site, a Facebook spokesperson offered the company’s condolences to the family.
“This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim. There is absolutely no place for content of this kind on Facebook and it has now been removed,” the spokesperson said.
Facebook is not expected to face any legal troubles related to the killing.
“We will not be able to press charges against Facebook, because Facebook is the service provider and it acted according to its protocol when we sent our request. It cooperated very well,” said Somsak Khaosuwan, deputy permanent secretary of Thailand’s ministry of digital economy.
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