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Georgia deputies save teen attempting suicide on Facebook Live after viewers call 911

May 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Georgia deputies save teen attempting suicide on Facebook Live after viewers call 911

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Sheriff’s deputies stopped a Georgia teen’s suicide attempt that was streamed on Facebook Live on Tuesday.

The incident transpired at approximately 7:30 pm in Macon, which is located an hour outside of Atlanta when multiple Facebook users dialed 911.

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis stated: “It’s a good thing that the people who were watching this called. Those people did the right thing.”

Additionally, Facebook had also informed police regarding what was taking place.

Sergeant Linda Howard of the Bibb Sheriff’s Office told WMAZ that the girl consumed pills before putting a plastic bag over her head.

Approximately 30 minutes after the calls were made, three patrol vehicles and an ambulance were racing to the teen’s home.

The girl, whose identity has not been made public, still had a pulse as emergency personnel carried on a gurney, The according to the Telegraph of Macon.

Emergency responders transported the girl to the Medical Center Navicent Health, where she remained in stab condition on Wednesday.

“Social media is a conduit for attention,” Davis said. “Even in this tragic situation, this young lady was looking for attention, and the right people were watching. … It could have been more tragic.”

He noted that multiple live-streaming suicide attempts had been streamed since the Facebook Live feature launched in 2016, but this was the first ever to occur in Bibb County.

“We are a voyeuristic society,” Davis added. “It’s troubling that you have things like this, to have access to people being able to put something up as it happens. … We see often that it ends in regret.”

On Wednesday it was revealed that Facebook is increasing its efforts to keep inappropriate and violent material – including recent videos of murders and suicides, hate speech, and extremist propaganda – off of the network.

The world’s largest social network said it intends to employ 3,000 additional people to analyze videos and other posts after getting criticized for not responding quickly enough to murders that were live streamed.

The hires over the following year will be in addition to the 4,500 people Facebook already working to identify criminal and other material for removal.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that Facebook is “working to make videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner – whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.”

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