Suicide stream?: Facebook 0, Justin.TV (now Twitch) 1 (that we know of)

Last modified on September 8, 2020

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A man in his last days wanted to stream those last days to the world, or at least on Facebook. He was met with an old fashion ban hammer and could not do so.

Alain Cocq, 57, from Dijon in eastern France, has a rare incurable medical condition that causes his arteries to stick together.
He estimates he will only have days to live after stopping all medication, food and drink, which he planned to do on Friday evening.
Cocq had intended to broadcast his dying days on the platform, to raise awareness about France's laws on assisted dying.
In a statement Saturday Facebook said the live stream was prevented to avoid promoting self-harm. "Our hearts go out to Alain Cocq for what he's going through in this sad situation and everyone who is personally affected by it," the company said in the statement."While we respect Alain's decision to draw attention to this important issue, we are preventing live broadcasts on his account based on the advice of experts that the depiction of suicide attempts could be triggering and promote more self-harm." -- CNN
Although "assisted suicide" is a no-go in France, stopping medical treatments is not, and that's exactly what Alain Cocq aims for.
"I would like to make it clear to you that on this day I find myself in a situation of having on sound mind, confined in a dysfunctional body, crippled by suffering," he wrote in the letter, which has been seen by CNN.
"Would you withstand, Mr President, having your intestines emptied into a pouch, having your bladder emptied into a pouch and that you are fed by a pouch, that a third party must bathe you, to be crippled by unbearable pain?" Cocq wrote in the letter.
This would not be the first suicide went "online" from a streaming perspective. In 2008 a nineteen year-old committed suicide on Justin.TV (now known as Twitch or Twitch TV), broadcasting to around one-hundred-eighty-five people. This stream was not banned, but only after.

Justin.tv viewers comment as Florida authorities recover the body of a teen who committed suicide live on the internet.
A 19-year-old Florida teen's suicide broadcast Wednesday on Justin.tv was a result of an overdose of opiates and benzodiazepine, the Broward County Medical Examiner & Trauma Services Division said Friday.

The Pembroke Pines teen was pronounced dead about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, coroner spokeswoman Sherri Baker said in a telephone interview. She said benzodiazepine is used for depression and insomnia. -- Wired

While I'm still not clear why one would want to stream such an act to thousands and millions of people, I am clear in I don't encourage anyone to do such a thing.

Please stay safe! Have a good day!

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1 thought on “Suicide stream?: Facebook 0, Justin.TV (now Twitch) 1 (that we know of)

  1. The reason why one would wish to stream such an act is to ‘raise awareness’.

    I don’t think in this case there’s a valid claim for ‘promoting self harm’ in that act, because in this case the harm occurs to the individual with or without the cessation of medical care and with or without the cessation of food and fluids.

    Further, anyone watching that is unlikely to think: that looks like fun, I’ll do that tomorrow. It’s not going to be rapid, painless, or full of glory.

    The specific awareness attempting to raise is that of the trauma he’s enduring. Simply because he’s unable (legally) to end his own life in a safe and professional manner. The only people likely or with any incentive to copy are those with terminal conditions that are going downhill fast. Most won’t have the willpower to engage in such tactics long enough to cause harm to themselves without some serious incentive to keep it up.

    I personally think it’s a good move. I think the people who oppose the notion of taking the quick way out over a long drawn out and painful saga should be made to watch what it is they’re causing to occur. It might make them think twice, especially through the ‘what if that was me’ filter. Something tells me the lawmakers that decided thusly are not incredibly conversant with the process. The more people that witness such, the more will likely support euthanasia.

    To ignore the moral quandry of dictating to another that they must continue to exist, the practise of forced endurance of terminal conditions is frankly barbaric. If it was a dog suffering, a vet would put it down. Failure to have the animal put down promptly would likely raise prosecution for animal cruelty.

    If you consider that all he actually asks for is the same common decency provisioned to a houshold pet, and what he is having to endure to gain the possibilty of *someone else* not being in the same position – win, lose, or draw he isn’t going to benefit any – he likely *deserves* to not only stream such an event to a few hundred thousand retards that use facebook (realistically, most won’t want to watch – they want dogs in cute hats) but actually etch those images into the minds of those who think it’s fine just to allow him to suffer. But, hey, the longer he’s alive the more revenue his care can generate.

    And on that subject, facebook’s real problem with the instance isn’t that someone may decide to copy it – as mentioned, most won’t have the willpower. Put a bottle of water near a thirsty man and watch him drink it – is that it doesn’t offer much in the way of advertising revenue. Note, they don’t specify psychological experts. And they have teams on tap. It’s the marketing experts. They can’t sell space next to that sort of thing.

    But I’m the criminal, because I can send an email…

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