Thai man livestreams himself killing daughter, then takes own life
A Thai man recorded himself killing his infant daughter on Facebook Live Monday night before taking his own life.
Thai officials said the video showed 20-year-old Wuttisan Wongtalay hanging his 11-month-old daughter from the rooftop of an abandoned hotel on the island of Phuket. Facebook took the video down from its website Tuesday afternoon.
Thai authorities said Wongtalay killed himself shortly after hanging his daughter. It is unclear if his own death was also broadcast on Facebook.
Police Maj. Prawat Tantibhussapun told CNN that officials responded to the incident Monday night after relatives saw the livestream and alerted authorities.
“This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim,” Facebook said in an emailed statement. “There is absolutely no place for content of this kind on Facebook and it has now been removed.”
Facebook came under widespread criticism earlier this month when a man posted a video of himself killing an elderly man in Cleveland. That video was not broadcast live, although the man did use Facebook Live to talk about the murder.
Facebook said last week that it was seeking ways to remove such videos quickly.
“As a result of this terrible series of events, we are reviewing our reporting flows to be sure people can report videos and other material that violates our standards as easily and quickly as possible,” the company said. “In addition to improving our reporting flows, we are constantly exploring ways that new technologies can help us make sure Facebook is a safe environment.”
In the Thailand incident, Wongtalay’s wife said she did not blame Facebook or the people who shared the video on their feeds.
“I understand that people shared the video because they were outraged and saddened by what happened,” 21 year-old Chiranut Trairat said.
Trairat told the Associated Press that her husband was abusive and that he had spent a couple years in prison before they started dating.