Live streaming is great. Like on YouTube. Or Twitch. Or recently even Facebook, Instagram, and Periscope. Just activate the app, look into your phone’s camera and talk about your favorite music, your awkward hobbies, your silly friends. But this new streaming culture also has a dark side. A 19-year-old teenager in Paris just streamed her suicide live on Periscope.
“The young woman allegedly sent an SMS to one of her close relations several minutes before her death to inform them of her intentions,” Mashable reports. “Then, she allegedly made declarations to Internet users, via the app Periscope, to explain her act. After a while, the screen is blacked out and there is no noise. A few minutes later, an emergency worker can be seen saying: I am under the train with the victim.” The teenager threw herself under a train in Evry, a commune in the Essonne region 20 kilometers from Paris.
Comments on the video included “We’re waiting”, “LOL”, “This amuses me”, “You’re possessed”, “Always a pleasure to see you” and “Give us a hint!” Twitter spokesman Ian Plunkett told Mashable: “We do not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.” As sad as this is it also fuels the debate about live streaming services and how they could and should be used.
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