Teen streams her suicide live on Periscope

Teen streams her suicide live on Periscope
Thanks to modern mobile technology, everything you do in the course of a day can be viewed by friends, family and strangers alike. With an app like Periscope, your entire day can be somebody's viewing entertainment. Take T-Mobile CEO John Legere. Practically everything he does outside of the office (does he actually have an office?) is streamed over the app to the multitude that has made him the Pied Piper of mobile.

Such a sneak peek inside someone's life also means watching the bad things that happen. A 19-year old woman in Arpajon, France yesterday sent a text message to her friends explaining what she was about to do. And what she was about to do was to commit a horrific act. She threw herself into the path of a commuter train and died.

Periscope viewers got to hear the woman, whose name has been withheld by authorities, say "The video I am doing right now is not made to create the buzz but rather to make people react, to open the minds, and that’s it." Remarks from viewers mostly appeared to mock the woman, not taking her seriously. Some of the comments included "We’re waiting," and "I think it’s fun." The screen soon went dark and no noise was heard. A few minutes later, the picture and sound return and an emergency worker can be heard to say, "I am under the train with the victim; I need to move the victim." The train can be seen in the background.

This isn't the first time that a suicide has been streamed on social media. In 2010, a 21-year old from Sweden by the name of Marcus Jannes hanged himself in front of his webcam. Apps like Instagram have hosted posts about suicide plans that were completed. Last month, an 18-year old woman witnessed a friend getting raped. Instead of calling for help, she streamed the attack live on Periscope.

As social media becomes more advanced, there is a fine line between sharing and snooping, and between the good that comes from being connected, and the bad. Thyis time, it was the latter


source: NYT via Gizmodo

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8 Comments

1. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

What a piece of garbage that girl who streamed her 'friend' getting raped is.

3. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

That's what I was thinking. WTF is wrong with you that you wouldn't at minimum call authorities or try to help yourself. I mean I think that suicide is a b.t.ch way out, and these people were just seeking the attention they never received. But to leave a "friend" to get raped is just plain wrong.

5. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Totally agree. One cannot make worse friend.

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

RIP. You can't run from the mind. Mental trauma can be worse than physical pain.

6. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Recent studiea show that metal trauma can even cause physical pain.

7. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

R.I.P. this is horrible

8. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Kind of reminds me of the movie 'Unfriended'.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You can't control how an idiot will use an app if they don't make proper use of it. Just like the lawyers trying to sue SnapChat over their stupid daughter who should have died a horrible death trying to use the speed camera. The smarter way would have been to have a more experience driver at the wheel, on some back road while she sat in the passenger seat and use the app. Even though both are wrong, at least my suggestion wouldn't have ended up on the 6 O'clock news. Death by social media. The best version of natural selection ever invented by man! Social media has shown us just how stupid people are. It's proof just how many people have serious mental issues. Just like the fool boy who tried to record himself holding a gun and he shot himself in the head. Or people who tape of their kids with duct-tape and record it. or beat their kids on video. or do stupid things like jump off buildings, or other illegal stupid ignorant things loser do on social media. The vast majority of them also have other things in common. But I will leave that one alone.

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