Facebook stops incurably ill man streaming death

Sun Online Desk

6th September, 2020 02:02:35 printer

Facebook stops incurably ill man streaming death


Facebook says it will block a Frenchman suffering from an incurable condition from livestreaming his own death.

Alain Cocq, 57, planned to broadcast his final days after starting to refuse food, drink and medicine on Saturday.

French President Emmanuel Macron had earlier denied his request for euthanasia.

Mr Cocq wants the law changed in France to allow terminally ill people to die as they wish.

Some groups, including the Catholic Church, oppose euthanasia on moral grounds, BBC reported.

"The road to deliverance begins and believe me, I am happy," Mr Cocq posted on Facebook early on Saturday morning from his bed at home in Dijon, after announcing he had "finished his last meal".

Mr Cocq suffers from a degenerative disease, which causes the walls of his arteries to stick together.

But Facebook blocked the plan to livestream his death, stating that it did not allow portrayals of suicide.

Mr Cocq said Facebook was blocking his broadcasts until 8 September. He called upon his supporters to lobby the social media platform to change its stance.