Facebook has confirmed that a distraught dad shot himself in the head during during a live video stream, seemingly because he was distressed about his adult daughter’s pending nuptials, as reported by New York Post.
Turkish resident Ayhan Uzun, 54, was upset that his daughter got engaged without his permission and launched a tirade against his family before put a gun to his temple and squeezed the trigger — and it was all playing out live in a social media post.
“Goodbye, I am leaving, take good care of yourselves,” he can be heard saying in the video before committing suicide, as translated by Daily Mirror.
WARNING: Below is an edited version of the footage, which does not show the actual moment of death. However, it is still extremely graphic.
Viewers of the Facebook Live broadcast urged him to reconsider his decision, after he announced that “a little later I will put an end to my life with the gun I am holding in my hands.”
Uzun seemed to base his actions entirely on his daughter and her engagement, which he said he learned from his wife.
“Nobody asked me,” he said.
“Nobody treated me like a man. My father-in-law took my place and without having a right, he approved my daughter’s wedding.”
“Nobody said this girl’s father is alive. Though I would have waited for my daughter and family to say to me: ‘Come, Father, be with us.'”
In response to this video, and others like it, Facebook has announced it will be hiring 3,000 people to help police offensive and violent content. They also released a statement on Uzun’s unfortunate passing.
“We are deeply saddened by the this tragedy,” the statement read. “We don’t allow the promotion of self-injury or suicide on Facebook. We want people to have a safe experience on Facebook and we work with organizations around the world to provide assistance for people in distress.”
According to reports, members of Uzun’s family found his body when they returned home. This is an active investigation and autopsy results are forthcoming.
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