Man Streams Murder of Baby on Facebook Then Kills Self

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A man in Thailand killed an 11-month-old baby girl before committing suicide while transmitting video of the crime on Facebook Live, local police said Tuesday. The incident happen just a few days after a murder in the United States on the same social network.

Friends of the man alerted police in Phuket, Thailand, who immediately attended the location but the two were diseased by the time they arrived. A smartphone, apparently used to stream video onto Facebook, was found on a wall.

Jullaus Suvannin, the police officer in charge of the case, said Wuttisan Wongtalay was “having paranoia about his wife leaving him and not loving him.”

The murder occurred a few days after the murder in Cleveland when a 37-year-old man killed a retired man, randomly chosen on the street, and posted the video on Facebook. After a three day manhunt, that killer committed suicide as police closed in.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his group would do its utmost to prevent the repetition of such tragedies. On Wednesday, he acknowledged in a speech that Facebook still had “a lot of work” to do in this area.

Facebook has a team of moderators operating 24 hours a day who may decide to remove content that is reported to them. Suicide and crime are treated as a priority, but the speed of response is limited by the enormous amount of content posted online each day.

The governor of Phuket called on Thais to not share the four-minute clip of the murder and suicide, which was still visible Tuesday afternoon on the account of some Internet accounts.

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