Police in Thailand on Wednesday said they would discuss how to expedite taking down “inappropriate online content” after a man broadcast himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in a live video on Facebook.
Two videos, which were available for nearly 24 hours before they were taken down, show Wuttisan Wongtalay hanging his daughter from a building on the southern Thai island of Phuket on Monday before he turned off the camera and killed himself.
“In the future, we will discuss inappropriate online content, whether on Facebook or YouTube or Instagram, and how we can speed up taking this content down,” deputy national police spokesman Kissana Phatanacharoen told reporters.
It was not immediately clear how authorities plan to speed things up.
Police had asked the Ministry of Digital Economy to contact Facebook about removing the videos. The ministry in turn contacted Facebook on Tuesday and the videos were taken down at around 5 p.m. in Bangkok that day, nearly a day after they had been uploaded.
Google said the video was also on Youtube and it was taken down within 15 minutes of being informed of it by the BBC.
The videos, which drew nearly half a million views before they were taken down, sparked outrage among netizens and prompted questions about how Facebook’s reporting system works and how violent content can be flagged faster.
The case is the latest in a string of violent crimes that have plagued Facebook despite making up a small percentage of videos. On Tuesday a Swedish court jailed three men for the rape of a woman that was broadcast live on Facebook.
Last week, Facebook said it was reviewing how it monitored violent footage and other objectionable material after a posting of the fatal shooting of a man in Cleveland, Ohio was visible for two hours before being taken down.
Some are asking what took authorities in Thailand so long to act.
Kissana blamed the delay partly on the time difference between the United States, where Facebook is headquartered, and Thailand.
“We did the best we could but there’s the time difference issue because Facebook is headquartered in San Francisco,” Kissana said, without elaborating.
He said Thai police currently have two ways of being alerted about disturbing content: monitoring by a dedicated technology crime suppression division or a tip-off from the public using police hotlines.