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Facebook Under Social Media Scrutiny After Keeping Video Of Infant Murder Live For 24 Hours

This is appalling. 

Following the string of horrific Facebook Live videos of murders and suicides that have gone viral in the recent months, Mark Zuckerberg and the team have found themselves at the center of social criticism for yet another terrible video. The FB Live video of a Thai man murdering his 11-month-old daughter stayed on the site for roughly 24 hours, Reuters reports.

The disturbing video, which was recorded in two clips, was reportedly not taken down until 5 p.m. in Bangkok on Tuesday (Apr. 26). The extremely violent footage shows the Thai resident, identified as Wuttisan Wongtalay, stringing a rope around his daughter's neck before dropping her from the rooftop of a deserted building in close proximity to the town of Phuket. Wongtalay then took his own life. Although his suicide was not broadcast live, his lifeless body was reportedly discovered beside his daughters, Jullaus Suvannin, the police officer in charge of the case, confirmed. Before its removal, the first video garnered 112,000 views, while the other displayed 258,000 views.

 

Authorities are still investigating details of the murder-suicide, but they believe Wongtalay's actions are connected to marital issues as well as mental illness. "He was having paranoia about his wife leaving him and not loving him," Officer Suvannin told Reuters. Wongtalay's wife, Jiranuch Tiratana wasn't initially available for comment, but eventually told the publication that her marriage had grown violent in recent months. She also reportedly grew fearful on the day of the incident when she learned her husband had left with their daughter. "I was afraid he would hurt our daughter even though he loved her," she told Reuters.

Before the video was stripped from Facebook, many viewers expressed their outrage in the comments below. "This is the most evil clip I've seen in my life," one user said. "I couldn't stand it for more than one second." "How can he watch his own child stop breathing," another asked. A Singapore-based Facebook spokesman also issued a response to Reuters via email, saying, "This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim. There is absolutely no place for content of this kind on Facebook."

 

After another Facebook video of a fatal shooting of an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio went live for two hours last week, Zuckerberg vowed to install monitoring systems to prevent content from staying on the site in the future. Even with new prevention methods, Rev. Jesse Jackson has called for a 30-day shut down of the streaming application.

 

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Stockton, California has launched its basic income plan gifting dozens of residents with $500 a month, the Huffington Post reports.

Last year, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs responded to criticism over the program which was designed to help close the poverty gap as residents struggle to stay afloat amid California's skyrocketing rent prices and increase in homelessness.

The basic income plan -- the first of its kind to be launched by a U.S. city -- was announced by Tubbs and the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) in 2017. Under the program, 130 residents will receive a monthly stipend via prepaid debit cards for the next 18 months.

Exciting! Congrats to the team, the city, and to the recipients. We’ve learned so much getting to this point and I am looking forward to learning more. Stockton lead the way @stocktondemo #ReinventStockton https://t.co/j2OPkA4zG8

— Michael Tubbs (@MichaelDTubbs) February 15, 2019

Stockton's median household income is just under $50,000 a year. Residents are chosen through an “algorithm” to make sure that the selection is representative of the community’s diversity.

The money is funded by a grant from the Economic Security Project, in addition to other funds raised, Tubbs said.

“There’s no restriction on how people can use the money,” he pointed out. “If people use it for drugs and alcohol that’s there prerogative. [But] if I didn’t believe in the capacity of the folks who elected me to make good decisions, I probably shouldn’t be mayor.”

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Boyfriend Suspected Of Killing Girlfriend And Her Son Jumps In Front Of Train

An ex-con who's suspected of brutally beating his girlfriend and her son to death committed suicide by jumping in front of Metro-North train six hours after the murders.

According to The New York Daily News, Hector Cruz, 51, is believed to have stabbed and used a workout weight to bludgeon Marisol Ortiz, 51 and her 14-year-old son Alanche del Orbe in their Bronx apartment.

Ortiz's 21-year-old daughter, Chantal del Orbe, found the bodies after returning home from a friend's house. Before bursting into tears, Chantal hung a birthday banner over a makeshift memorial created for her brother who was killed a day before his 15th birthday.

“He was sweet all the time,” she said of her brother. “It was all love in that house.”

Grieving friends, family and those in the neighborhood say they have no doubt Cruz is the killer. “Go in peace my aunt with my nephew. Wow, I feel so powerless why do things like this have to happen. My God. Mourning. What a great loss," Emiluz Ortiz wrote on Facebook.

Cruz was released from prison in 2016 after serving seven years for first-degree assault, and while speaking with the Daily News Chantal said Cruz showcased signs of possessiveness.

“He was a bit jealous. He was strange. He would look through (Ortiz’s) phone but he was never aggressive. He always said he wanted the family united,” she said. “He never really convinced me. Days before he was acting strange.”

The crime was so severe, Ortiz’s cousin Haydee Leonardo said it's affected the funeral.

“They’re going to cremate the bodies because they were told that their faces were so brutally beaten, you can’t see who they were. You can’t see their faces,” he said.

Cruz was reportedly killed by a northbound Metro-North train at the Hartsdale station Sunday morning (Feb. 17) at 9:45 AM.

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Discrimination Based On Hair Can Result In A $250K Penalty In NYC

New York City's Commission on Human Rights will reveal guidelines later this week for the legal recourse a person can take if they've been targeted at work, school or a public space based on their hair.

According to the New York Times, the law applies to anyone in New York City but is aimed at helping African-Americans who are disproportionately victimized based on the texture or style of their hair. The guidelines specifically read "natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.”

When enacted, individuals who have been harassed, demoted or fired, the city's commission can issue a penalty for up to $250,000 and there is no cap on damages. The commission can also force an internal policy changes and rehirings at companies in question.

News of the guidelines comes just two months after a New Jersey teen was forced to cut his locs in order to continue participating in a wrestling match. The decision sparked outrage by many who found the choices discriminatory.

The guidelines obtained by the Times are considered the first in the country and are based on the argument one's hair is intrinsic to one's race and is protected under the city's human rights laws.

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