Facebook 'takes two weeks to remove 12-year-old girl's suicide video'

Facebook 'takes two weeks' to remove 12-year-old girl's suicide video

Facebook reportedly took two weeks to remove the video

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It is reported that Facebook took two weeks to take down the footage of a girl live-streaming her suicide.

Katelyn Nicole Davis from Polk County, Georgia died on December 30, after filming her suicide using a streaming app. The video lasted around 40 minutes, according to Buzzfeed.

Although the content was not hosted by Facebook, the video had been uploaded by others to the website as well as YouTube.

Despite Facebook's policy stating that they do not allow self-injury or suicidal content, reports claim that the video stayed on Facebook for almost two weeks, before various versions of the footage were removed, The Washington Post said. 

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd told Fox News that the police department had received several messages asking for the footage to be removed, however aside from contacting the websites where the video was available, there was little he could do, as by law they do not have to remove the video.

Representatives of the streaming act used by Davis told Buzzfeed that they removed the video as soon as they were alerted to the situation. 

No arrests have been made in connection to the sexual assault allegations, however a criminal investigation is continuing. 

If you need help with an issue you may have relating to mental health, you can call Samaritans on 116 123.