French teen rape victim periscope live streams own suicide: Has the rise of social media led to some using the forum for broadcasting extreme behavior?
An unnamed 19 year old French teenager has died after televising (see below) her own suicide to more than 1000 people during a live Tuesday afternoon broadcast on social media outlet, Periscope.
The girl’s death came as she described being a rape victim, while naming her alleged attacker before jumping in front of an oncoming train in Egly, a fringe suburb in Paris.
Prior to the woman’s suicide death, the teen published several posts warning of ‘an upcoming live stream of importance,’ according to a report via The Local.
Told the teen during her broadcast, moments before jumping to her death: ‘What’s about to happen will be very shocking, but I’m not doing it for the hype, I am doing it to send a message.’
French media reported that some of the Periscope viewers had recognized the girl and the station but by the time they alerted authorities it was too late.
Shortly after the woman jumped into the path of an oncoming RER C train.
According to a report via the dailymail, an inquest into her death has now been opened.
‘An investigation into the causes of the death has been opened and entrusted to the Palaiseau investigative unit,’ prosecutor Eric Lallement told the New York Times.
The prosecutor told how the woman allegedly sent an SMS to one of her close relations, several minutes before her death, to announce her intentions.’
‘Furthermore, she allegedly made statements to Internet users, via the Periscope application, to explain her act.’
Periscope lets users broadcast live video free of charge from smartphones running Android or Apple iOS software. The videos remain available for 24 hours before disappearing.
A report via Le Point newspaper told of footage of the actual death being removed by Periscope but some of the video leading up to the suicide was still available on YouTube.
At the time of the suicide, viewers told of the final video cutting to a black screen, with Metro news telling with the sound of what appeared to be the voices of emergency personnel being faintly heard.
However, it has faced accusations that it encourages violent or vulnerable people to commit sensational acts to thousands of viewers.
Last month, Marina Lonina, a teenage girl from Ohio was accused of filming her 17-year-old friend being raped and then streaming the crime live on Periscope.
— Dsens (@D_cence) May 10, 2016