Facebook just doesn’t seem to get it.
They are a social media platform that derives its entire existence from the content of its users, while then also data mining their enormous customer base in order for advertisers to better target them. Facebook would simply not exist if it weren’t for this unique and authentic content.
But, now that the company has grown to an unwieldy size, they’ve begun to shy away from allowing their users to express themselves wholly. Instead, Facebook is culling and curating the content they would like to see…not what their users are necessarily sharing.
This now includes censoring a sick man’s final moments on this earth.
Facebook on Saturday blocked live broadcasts from a chronically ill bed-ridden man who appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for a medically-assisted death and who wanted to show what he expects will be a painful end to his life after he announced that he was stopping all food and drink.
Prostrate on his bed, Alain Cocq posted video of himself Friday after taking what he said would be his last liquid meal.
“I know the days ahead are going to be very difficult,” he said. “But I have taken my decision and I am serene.”
In a letter this week, which Cocq also posted, Macron said that French law forbade him from granting his request for the “right to leave with dignity,” with a medically-assisted death.
Facebook used their blanket policy on “suicide attempts” to condone their censorship of the broadcast, despite Cocq’s intentions that this be a protest of what he felt was an unjust situation.
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