In the latest of a string of disturbing incidents to take place on Facebook Live, a Thai father killed his 11-month-old daughter on the platform. Previously, the platform played host to incidents including torture, sexual assault, and suicide, as well as the recent execution of a 74-year-old grandfather, Robert Godwin Sr. in Cleveland.
The most recent incident saw Wuttisan Wongtalay, 20, broadcast the murder of his daughter, Jullaus Suvannin, atop the roof of a hotel in Phuket. The video — streamed in two separate video clips — was viewed by relatives who reportedly alerted police Monday evening. They didn’t arrive in time to save the girl.
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Wongtalay committed suicide after the murder, but didn’t broadcast it. Police found his body next to that of his daughter’s. “[Wuttisan] was having paranoia about his wife leaving him and not loving him,” according to a Thai police officer.
According to a Facebook spokesperson:
This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim. There is absolutely no place for content of this kind on Facebook and it has now been removed.
Although removed, reports suggest the video remained online for approximately 24 hours before being removed. YouTube, by comparison, reportedly removed each instance of the video to pop up within 15 minutes. All told, the two videos combined for over a million views before Facebook was able to remove them.