Turkish man commits suicide on Facebook Live

SAN FRANCISCO — A heartbroken young Turkish man shot himself on Facebook in the latest example of troubling content being streamed live on the giant social network.

Erdogan Ceren, 22, who had broken up with his girlfriend, told viewers of the live video: "No one believed when I said I will kill myself. So watch this."

The first time Ceren attempts to shoot himself, the gun jams. After he shoots the gun seconds later, the screen goes black. Local media reports say Ceren later died at the hospital.

Facebook has removed the video. The Silicon Valley company declined to comment.

With mobile apps from Facebook Live to Twitter-owned Periscope, the smartphone, that small but powerful computer so many people carry with them throughout the day, is handing ordinary citizens the ability to shoot and broadcast their own video. Sometimes that video captures deeply disturbing, even horrific moments.

Facebook launched the live video-streaming app to the public earlier this year. The company has said its moderators watch Facebook Live videos as they are broadcast and remove those that celebrate violence but allow graphic videos that condemn or raise awareness of violence. 

In June, an Islamic State sympathizer posted a 12-minute propaganda video in which he threatened future attacks after killing a police commander and his partner in their home outside Paris. Facebook removed the video.

In July, Diamond Reynolds broadcast the bloody and emotional aftermath of the fatal police shooting of her boyfriend Philando Castile during a traffic stop. Facebook briefly removed the video but then put it back with a warning about its graphic nature.

Facebook has rolled out suicide prevention tools to make it easier for Facebook users to help friends who post about suicide. Friends can flag posts that they think are suicidal. Those posts are reviewed by a team that can provide language to talk with a suicidal friend and information on suicide prevention.


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