Facebook Blocks Suicide Livestream of French Euthanasia Supporter

Facebook has banned a sick French man from livestreaming after Agence France-Presse announced plans to broadcast his death on stage, according to French 24 on Saturday.

The report states that 57-year-old Ellen Cocq suffers from a painful and incurable disease, which causes the walls of her arteries to stick together and she has said that after spending the last 34 years in the terminal phase of her illness, the week He is expected to die within. In the past, he used his position to draw attention to the plight and champion reform of patients of France’s right-to-die law. Earlier this week, French President Emmanuel Macron rejected his request for voluntary euthanasia – which is illegal in the country – after Cocq sent a letter to the president asking him to die “with dignity”.

In a Facebook livestream in the early hours of Saturday morning, Cocq told more than 22,000 of his followers that he would broadcast his death and banned everyone’s eating. He told French media that he felt compelled to share his final sad moments “so that people would know what the end of life is like in France.” At the same time, he made it clear that he was not out to annoy viewers with deliberately disturbing pictures, so the broadcast would not have a sound and would end the moment he died.

While these weeks were filled with coal for violent content on Facebook and the dangerous laxity of extremist groups for the past few weeks, in this case, at least, the social media giant acted increasingly. It took the stream down within hours, and Coke posted an update saying that he had been barred from broadcasting the video until 8 September.

“Our heart is on Alan Conak and those who are affected by this sad situation,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday. “While we honor his decision to draw attention to this complex and difficult issue, based on the guidance of experts, we have taken steps to keep Alan away from the live broadcast as we portray suicide attempts Do not allow. “

According to Agnes France-Press, Cocq said it is currently looking for another way to take out its livestream. He encouraged his followers in a Facebook post to protest the platform’s “unjust methods of discrimination and obstruction of freedom of expression”.

French law prohibits euthanasia and only gives special inducements to heavily ill patients until death in very specific circumstances. Cocq does not meet this criterion, but, due to a legal drawback, citizens can stop medical treatment or die of hunger or thirst, as there is no lawsuit for suicide under French law. Several other European countries have fully legalized physician-assisted euthanasia, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Luxembourg.

Facebook’s moderation policies recently caught fire when a page was pulled down to violently react to Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but it effectively gated content on its platform The conflict was only the latest incident in history. .

In 2017, an Alabama man accused of his suicide on Facebook expressed concern among law enforcement officials that it could trigger a wave of copycats until the forum broadcasts to harass the system and disturb the content Did not beef up your system to quickly detect and monitor.

Earlier this year, Facebook committed another LiveStreamed suicide to the suicide of a 50-year-old man in England, blocking the broadcast “too soon” after it was posted, the company told Newsweek — but it Previously it did not attract more than 400 supporters. In the stage’s most maligned incident, 2019 livestreamed footage of a gunman killing 50 people in New Zealand, one of the worst terrorist attacks ever in the country, uploaded to Facebook more than 1.5 million times within 24 hours according to The Washington Post had gone.

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