Man live-streams wife's birthing process on Facebook

Man live-streams wife's birthing process on Facebook
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Would you want to watch a birthing video live - that includes hearing a mother scream her lungs out and seeing the head of a baby crowning?

Now, what about a live rape video?

Yes all these have been available on live streaming sites such as Facebook Live and Periscope.

For instance, a man recently captured his wife giving birth in real-time on Facebook.

Proving that nothing is real unless posted on social media platforms, Fakamalo Kihe Eiki and his partner, posted footage of the birth of their son in California, US.

People replied to the video post, which has had 34,527 views so far, with their congratulations.

Eiki thanked commenters for their positive replies and well-wishes, and expressed appreciation for "enjoying the gift of life" with him. 

Indeed, with the increased proliferation of real-time social media applications such as Facebook Live, Snapchat and Periscope, many incidents have been captured live on these platforms. 

Last month (April 15), Marina Alexeevna Lonina, 18, live-streamed the alleged rape of her friend, 17, on Periscope in Utah, US. 

According to the prosecutor in charge of the case, Lonina's acquaintance, Raymond Boyd Gates, 29, had allegedly committed the rape.

The crime was reported to the authorities after Lonina's friend watched the video on the Twitter-owned app that has more than 10 million users.

Periscope's guidelines currently prohibits the broadcast of pornographic or overtly sexual content. However, regulation of these guidelines is hard, given the real-time nature of these apps.

More recently on May 11, a 19-year-old French woman committed suicide in Paris by jumping in front of a train, while streaming it on Periscope.

According to AFP, the woman who was not identified, had "spoke of a rape and named the aggressor".

French authorities had been alerted to the video by a Periscope user who had seen it. Investigations are underway.

Too much (visual) information in these live stream videos? What do you think?

prabukm@sph.com.sg

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