“All social media is a conduit for attention” said Bib County Sheriff David Davis, after he and his team made a heroic rescue of a teenage girl in Georgia. She was saved from herself, on Tuesday night, after she started broadcasting her plans for a suicide attempt on Facebook Live.
Sheriff Davis went on to say, “It’s a good think that they people watching called it in. Those people did the right thing.”
It is because those people immediately went to the authorities upon seeing her Facebook live stream that the authorities managed to make it to the teens home within 30 minutes of the post. Even Facebook called 911 to alert the authorities.
The girl’s pulse was still present after the medics removed her from her home. She had taken pills and wrapped her head in a plastic bag, but she is now in stable condition at the hospital.
This is one piece of good news in a string of live stream attacks, deaths and crimes that were not able to be stopped in time.
Facebook is now trying to monitor and immediately remove horrific videos from social media, and to aid those efforts, they have hired 3,000 additional workers to monitor content an alert authorities if necessary.
From Fox News:
A suicide attempt by a teenage girl in Georgia was stopped just in time Tuesday night after she started broadcasting her plans on Facebook Live. The news follows additional moves by Facebook to monitor and remove gruesome videos from the social media site. The company has hired 3,000 additional workers to help monitor content. CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote Wednesday that Facebook was “working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner — whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.”
Last week a man in Thailand killed his daughter and himself on Facebook Live. That incident followed a video in April that showed the murder of an elderly man in Cleveland, and the sexual assault of a Chicago teenager streamed online in March. “All social media is is a conduit for attention,” Davis continued. “Even in this tragic situation, this young lady was looking for attention, and thankfully, the right people were watching. It could have been more tragic.” The Georgia teen had taken pills and placed a plastic bag over her head before she was reached, Sgt. Linda Howard told WMAZ.
The girl, who still had a pulse after medics removed her from the home, was taken to a hospital and was stable on Wednesday.