Facebook Stops Man Broadcasting Death on Facebook
- Facebook has blocked the live stream of a man in France suffering from an incurable ailment who planned to broadcast his death.
- Alain Cocq, 57, has a medical condition that causes his arteries to stick together. He has used his condition to try to bring about changes to France’s right-to-die law, and announced he would live-stream his death on Facebook.
- Facebook spokesperson Emily Cain said “While we respect his decision to draw attention to this complex and difficult issue, based on the guidance of experts, we have taken steps to keep Alain from broadcasting live, as we do not allow the depiction of suicide attempts.”
- Cocq had written to French President Emmanuel Macron in July, asking to be allowed to “die with dignity,” using “active medical assistance,” but Macron said he could not grant Cocq’s request.