Facebook Live Facing Strong Criticism Again After Man Shoots Himself in the Head While Streaming

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Facebook Live Facing Strong Criticism Again After Man Shoots Himself in the Head While Streaming

James M. Jeffrey is one of many who have died as others watched.

Published April 27, 2017

On Tuesday, an Alabama police department received troubling news that a man had committed suicide while streaming on Facebook Live. The Baldwin County sheriff’s office was notified by a woman who worried that her boyfriend — James M. Jeffrey — may harm himself because of a breakup.

According to AL.com, the couple was in the middle of the breakup when Jeffrey stopped responding to the unidentified woman. She then phoned the sheriff's office to alert them of a possible suicide. 

 

  1. Deputies arrived at Jeffrey’s home in Robertsdale, Ala., shortly after 11 p.m. Upon entering the 49-year-old’s residence, they found him dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Police received reports that Jeffrey streamed the entire incident on Facebook Live.

    This incident follows a Facebook Live killing from earlier in the week: Wuttisan Wongtalay from Thailand streamed himself killing  his 11-month-old daughter before killing himself.

    Earlier this month the nation was devastated to watch the tragic Facebook killing of 74-year-old Robert Goodwin. He was killed by Steve Stephens, who broadcast the shooting on Facebook.

    The Baldwin County sheriff’s department spoke on the disturbing trend of public killings.

    “This was a first for us,” Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy Anthony Lowery told USA Today. “I hope this isn’t a trend starting. It’s one thing to commit suicide. It’s another thing to victimize other people.”

    The string of live killings have made many question the necessity of Facebook Live. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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