Thai woman not angry at Facebook over video of husband killing baby and himself
The wife of a Thai man who hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live has said her husband is the only person to blame, and she bears no anger towards the social media site or the users who shared the horrific video.
The film showed 20-year-old Wuttisan Wongtalay killing his child and then himself. It was broadcast on Monday evening and made inaccessible by Facebook late on Tuesday afternoon.
"I am not angry at Facebook or blaming them on this," Chiranut Trairat told the Associated Press. "I understand that people shared the video because they were outraged and saddened by what happened."
The 21-year-old said her husband had been abusive in the past and spent two years in prison before they started dating.
Police found the bodies of Wuttisan Wongtalay and the baby in an abandoned hotel in Phuket province after receiving reports of the video.
Police Colonel Jirasak Siemsak said Wuttisan and his wife had been arguing.
Facebook has been seeking ways to block videos as quickly as possible after a series of gruesome images, including murder and sexual assault, were broadcast or posted.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said last week that his company has "a lot of work" to do on the problem.
The murder in Phuket came less than two weeks after a man in Cleveland, Ohio, in the US, posted on Facebook footage of himself fatally shooting another man.
In Thailand, the potential for problems with Facebook Live became an issue last May when local media used the platform to broadcast live video of a university lecturer who was locked in a six-hour stand-off with police who were seeking him over the shooting deaths of two colleagues. After negotiations for his surrender failed, he fatally shot himself, a moment that was shown live.