Facebook livestream of girl's suicide attempt helped rescuers to save her
ATLANTA - Sheriff's deputies say the 15-year-old Georgia girl took pills, put a plastic bag over her head and broadcast her suicide attempt as it was happening on Facebook Live.
It was the type of video sometimes removed by Facebook, which just announced a renewed effort to keep graphic violence off the site.
But the teenager's broadcast last week stayed online long enough for deputies to verify the video was real and search for her. She was found unresponsive but survived.
The rescue underscores what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says about the decision to remove such videos - or allow them to continue. He said these decisions can help save lives.
Facebook executives in March announced several efforts aimed at preventing suicide and say they're experimenting with more.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
First female football player at St. Michael's does double duty
Staffing shortage could affect LSU post-game contraflow plans
Teens allegedly attacked guards with shank while escaping juvenile jail; one still...
News 2 Geaux: New charges for Matthew Mire
News 2 Geaux: Teens escape BR detention center overnight
Fans' Choice Player of the week 6: Central's Glen Cage
Tiger fans frustrated with Coach O after loss in Lexington
Dutchtown running back Dylan Sampson breaks Eddie Lacy's career rushing record
Tackling woes, issues with defense continue to plague LSU in loss to...
LSU loses big to Kentucky, what's next for Tiger football