Facebook is under fire again after videos of Thai man killing his daughter remained on the social media site for about 24 hours.
According to Reuters, a father in Thailand posted two video clips of himself killing his 11-month-old daughter, before he took his own life.
A Singapore-based Facebook spokesman said in an email statement to Reuters that the videos were eventually removed from the site.
This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim. There is absolutely no place for content of this kind on Facebook and it has now been removed.
The chilling video posted from Thailand shows Wuttisan Wongtalay tying a rope to his daughter’s neck, then dropping the infant from the rooftop of a deserted building in the Thai seaside town of Phuket.
Jullaus Suvannin, the police officer in charge of the case, said that Wuttisan then committed suicide, and his body was found next to his child’s.
“He was having paranoia about his wife leaving him and not loving him,” the officer reportedly said.
Wuttisan’s wife, Jiranuch Triratana, told Reuters that she had lived with her husband for over a year. Things were fine at first, but then he became violent. He would sometimes hit her 5-year-old son from previous marriage.
“I was afraid he would hurt our daughter even though he loved her,” the woman said.
NBC News reported that police requested Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy contact Facebook about removing the post Tuesday afternoon.
Ministry spokesman Somsak Khaosuwan said that the government did not plan to take action against the company.
We will not be able to press charges against Facebook, because Facebook is the service provider and they acted according to their protocol when we sent our request. They cooperated very well.
Deputy police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen said this may be the first killing in Thailand to be broadcast on social media.
“It could be influenced by behavior from abroad, most recently in Cleveland,” the spokesman said, apparently referring to the recent shooting death of an innocent Cleveland retiree that was recorded on video and uploaded to Facebook.
According to NBC News, the first video had drawn 112,000 views by mid-afternoon on Tuesday, while the second video had 258,000 views.