A young woman filmed her own suicide using the live-streaming app Periscope.
The unnamed 19-year-old reportedly died at Egly, a suburban train station south of Paris while hundreds of viewers watched her final moments in shock and horror.
Apparently, the teen had been talking about an ex-boyfriend who raped her and posted pictures of the violation on Snapchat, another popular social media app.
The girl told her Periscope followers to tune in to her feed at 4 p.m. on Tuesday — without alerting them to the fact that she was planning to kill herself.
According to The Telegraph, in one clip of the video that was posted to YouTube she said, “This isn't about creating a buzz, it's to get people to react, to open minds.”
"What I will say will be alright. What will happen is likely to be very shocking," she admitted. "If there are underage minors watching later on, don't stay.”
While her warnings were likely genuine in nature, she probably inadvertently made viewers want to find out what she was planning even more.
"I've reached a stage where I have no desire for anything anymore, nothing gives me pleasure, nothing gives me the strength to get up in the morning," she continued.
Ironically, some viewers read between the lines and caught on to what the girl was alluding to. They responded to her videos urging her not to do anything impulsive, but she shut those intuitive followers down by yelling, “I never said I was going to commit suicide, stop that!”
Concerned viewers contacted police, but emergency personnel were not able to make it in time to save the girl.
“We were alerted at around 4:30 p.m. by a Periscope user who was connected to the victim and told us that she was not in a good way," a police source reportedly told AFP.
Those who watched in real-time are likely haunted by the nightmarish images ingrained in their minds.
A spokesman for the app refused to comment directly on the incident but provided an excerpt from Periscope’s terms and conditions which states the app is not meant to be used as a space to broadcast graphic content.
“To maintain a healthy platform, explicit graphic content is not allowed. Explicit graphic content includes, but is not limited to, depictions of child abuse, animal abuse, or bodily harm. Periscope is not for content that is intended to incite violence, or includes a direct and specific threat of violence to others.”
This isn’t the first time Periscope has been used to film a disturbing incident. An Ohio teen live-streamed a 29-year-old man raping her friend, claiming she was trying to help by recording “evidence” of the attack.
In actuality, she was just so caught up in all the “likes” and responses she was receiving on her feed that she chose to continue recording instead of helping. She now faces up to 40 years in prison.
It is almost unfathomable that the infatuation with documenting everything on social media has gone to this extreme.
An investigation into the 19-year-old’s untimely death is underway and authorities are in search of the boyfriend she mentioned before taking her life.
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