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Facebook livestream of girl's suicide attempt helped rescuers to save her

4 years 5 months 1 week ago Monday, May 08 2017 May 8, 2017 May 08, 2017 10:41 AM May 08, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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