Man in Thailand kills baby on Facebook Live

Wednesday, 26 Apr, 2017

A man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live before committing suicide, Thai police said today.

"We found Wuttusan Wongtalay, 21, and his daughter Natalee Wongtalay, hanging from a 10-meter-high wall at the partially completed construction for a Peninsula Hotel", said Capt Jullaus Suvannin of Sakoo Police. The public was able to access the broadcast on Wongtalay's Facebook page for roughly 24 hours after it was first uploaded. The first video was viewed 112,000 times before being removed while the second video has 258,000 views, Reuters reported.

It says something about the state of Facebook Live that I initially considered not writing about this.

"Family members said Wongtalay was angry that his wife was going to leave him", the Daily News details, "[with] his uncle [telling the] Phuket Gazette that before taking the baby, Wuttissan had allegedly choked his wife and threatened to kill her [over her plans]".

Facebook sent condolences to the family for the "appalling" incident and said that the content had now been removed.

Prior to that, Facebook Live broadcast the death of a Chicago man who was shot in the neck and head last June, and then in July a woman streamed the death of her boyfriend after he was shot by police in Minneapolis.

Thailand's ministry of digital economy said it had contacted Facebook on Tuesday afternoon about removing the videos.

"It could be influenced by behaviour from overseas, most recently in Cleveland", Kissana told Reuters.

Internet users in Thailand were outraged by the video, with one user calling it the "most evil clip I've seen in my life".

"How can he watch his own child stop breathing?" said another, Rujirek Polglang.

She said Wuttisan sometimes hit her 5-year-old son from a previous relationship. "It is a personal dispute and they were still very young".

The company faced significant backlash for allowing the video of the Cleveland killing to remain online for two hours.

On Easter day, a 37-year-old in Cleveland killed a retiree, a man who accidentally walked near him, and uploaded the scene of murder on Facebook.

The videotaped execution of 74-year-old grandfather Robert Godwin Cleveland earlier this month prompted CEO Mark Zuckerberg to address growing tensions over violence on Facebook at the company's annual conference for software developers.