A man in Thailand filmed himself killing his 11-month-old daughter before killing himself on Facebook Live, Thai police have said.
The video of the child’s murder was available on her father’s Facebook page for almost 24 hours, until they were taken down around 5 p.m. in Bangkok (1000 GMT) on Tuesday, or about a day after being uploaded.
This is the latest example of the social network’s live-streaming function being used to broadcast grisly crimes.
Officers in Thailand said they were alerted to the video by friends of the man and rushed to an abandoned hotel near the international airport yesterday afternoon.
“They had already died when I arrived there,” Lieutenant Jullaus Suvannin, one of the first on the scene, told AFP, adding a smartphone was found propped up against a wall.
Police said they believed the man had previously argued with the mother of the murdered child, an 11-month girl. The man had hung himself and his daughter, they said.
The gruesome footage shows Wuttisan Wongtalay tying a rope to his daughter’s neck before dropping her from the rooftop of a deserted building in the Thai seaside town of Phuket.
The killing comes just days after Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg vowed to work to keep the world’s leading social network from being used to propagate harrowing acts like murder and suicide.
Zuckerberg was responding to pressure after a man in the US state of Ohio used Facebook Live to broadcast footage of himself walking up to a stranger in the street and shooting him dead, the video was available for two hours before being taken down.
During a speech last Wednesday Zuckerberg conceded that Facebook had “a lot of work” to do on the issue.
“We are going to work on building common ground, not just getting more opinions out there,” he added.
Phuket’s governor called on Thais not to share the four-minute clip of the murder and suicide, copies of which could still be found on the social network today.