The rise in Facebook Live suicides in Zimbabwe and the world over has become a cause for concern.
Developed as a means for connecting friends and relatives, Facebook has so far connected over a billion people making it another universe of its own.
By TechnoMag Reporter
Over the years, Facebook has emancipated these billions to become content creators with minimal legal supervision making fascinating material much to the pleasure of the eyes. Globally renowned celebrities even Zimbabweans too have been made on the site instantly.
Due to the minimal supervision, the platform now appears to contain scenes of the horror sequel SAW where people’s deaths were filmed live.
While it is inarguable that Nhika had a psychiatric disorder with his relatives pinning the unfortunate death to spiritual attacks, it should not be tolerated to an extent of filming one’s death.
In America there are three cases which have been reported by the media so far.
A 33 year old aspiring American actor committed suicide on Facebook Live. Frederick Jay Bowdy shot himself in the head before a live web audience following an arrest the week prior for sexual assault.
The video has been removed by Facebook. “We take our responsibility to keep people safe on Facebook very seriously and work with organizations around the world to provide assistance for people in distress,” the social media site wrote in a statement. “Our Community Standards regulate what kinds of content can be shared on Facebook.”
There was another horrific video of a 12-year-old girl hanging herself after alleging she was abused by a relative. The vedio has been streamed across the internet on social media. The video has gone viral and is now being replayed on Facebook and other websites – and cops say they are powerless to stop it.
In another instance, a Miami teenager committed suicide, and is said to have used the Facebook Live video streaming service to broadcast it online.
The Florida Department of Children & Families confirmed that 14-year-old Nakia Venant took her life overnight Sunday by hanging herself in the bathroom of her foster parents’ home.
According to Miami Herald, Venant’s Facebook Live video was two-hours long and at one point showed the teen using a scarf to make a homemade noose.
The outlet reported that Venant’s video abruptly ended, but friends of the eighth grader said her suicide played out online.