When Facebook decided to copy Twitter’s Periscope by launching Facebook Live in January this year, they did not envisage a situation where a man in far away Turkey would use the live video streaming service to beam his suicide to over a billion people around the globe.
That is exactly what happened. The Turkish man whose name is Erdogan Ceren, streamed the live video of how he killed himself with a shotgun.
The question obviously is why a healthy 22 year old man would do such a gory thing? The answer is simple though complicated for all those who understand how these things work.
The Southern Turkish man, before he shot himself, claimed he was very heartbroken over what his girlfriend did to him. Her crime against him was she cheated on him with another man. Naturally of course.
He couldn’t bear to live with that knowledge and so he killed himself to prove a point.
The point he proved so fatally was he could kill himself. It seemed the man had been telling people who knew him that he couldn’t live without his girlfriend and so would end his life. It is likely many of those he told of his plans, including the girlfriend apparently, were skeptical.
But he has now proved them wrong. The only thing is that he won’t be around the savor his victory.
The video of his suicide carried all the hallmarks of an unstable man determined to end his life.
For instance, he first of all read a poem he had written to the estranged girlfriend. Part of the poem said:
Our love was going to be a saga, our eyes were not going to shed tears, now tell me love, are you leaving, will my hands burn without you.”
Then after reading the poem he told his viewers to watch him.
He aimed the muzzle of a shotgun the was lying around at his chest and pulled the trigger. For some reason, this attempt failed as the gun did not go off. It is assumed that there was a malfunction, popularly referred to as jamming.
At this point many would-be suicidal people would have given up the idea of killing themselves. They would see the jamming of the gun as a sort of divine intervention giving them a lifeline to start all over again.
The Turkish man was hell bent on killing himself though. He unjammed the gun and prepared for a second attempt. After adjusting the camera angle to give fascinated watchers a better view of what was about to go down, he pulled the trigger again.
The sound of a gunshot was clearly head; after which the man’s body disappear from view.
Below is the almost two minutes video. You are advised to stay away from watching if you don’t have the stomach for this sort of thing.
As sure as the sun rises in the East, people would be rushing to condemn services like Facebook Live for encouraging stuff like this. Conveniently forgetting all the good things that can be done with Facebook Live or other live streaming services.
With or without Facebook Live, people like the Turkish Man would find reasons to do stupid things in stupid ways.
A service like Facebook Live would be used for good thing and for bad. That is inevitable. Just like how some people rushed to give Facebook’s new Marketplace a bad name soon after it was launched by selling illegal stuff through the portal.
Though Facebook apologised and promised to clean up Marketplace, that was just corporate nonsense in my opinion. People would use products like Marketplace to carry out illegal activities and nothing is going to stop them.
Criminals would always be criminals. Bad people would always be bad. They just need reasons and opportunities to do what their nature demands. Thankfully, there are more good people than bad in the world.
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