Thai police to review ways to take down online content after Facebook killing

Police in Thailand say they will discuss how to expedite taking down “inappropriate online content” after a man broadcast himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in a live video on Facebook. Samantha Vadas reports.

PHUKET, BANGKOK, THAILAND / LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (REUTERS / CISCO) – Just what took authorities so long to remove such disturbing content.

That’s the big question in Thailand on Wednesday (April 26) after two videos of a man killing his 11-month-old daughter stayed on Facebook for nearly 24 hours before being removed.

Police are blaming the time difference between Thailand and the U.S., where Facebook is based.

DEPUTY NATIONAL POLICE SPOKESMAN, KISSANA PHATANACHAROEN,

“In the future we will discuss inappropriate online content, whether on Facebook or YouTube or Instagram, and how we can speed up taking this content down.”

Currently, Thai police have two ways of being alerted to inappropriate content – monitoring by a dedicated tech crime team, or a tip-off from the public.

A relative has told Reuters the family was too traumatised to think about removing the video and were too concerned with finding the baby and the father, who had turned off the camera and committed suicide.

MOTHER OF MURDERED 11-MONTH OLD BABY NATALIE, 21, JIRANUCH TRIRATANA,

“I can only try to come to terms with it the fact she’s gone. All I could think was I want to take my own life. If I could, I would take my daughter’s place.”

Authorities say the child’s death is the first known killing broadcast on Facebook in Thailand, adding to a serious problem already on social media in the country, which sees one to two videos of suicides surface on average each month.


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