Updated 2:12 PM EST, Wed, Jan 29, 2020

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Periscope Used to Broadcast Live Suicide in France


(Photo : Getty Images) Periscope viewers witnessed a tragedy, as a woman in France live-streamed herself jumping in front of a train.

In a disturbing application of technology, a 19-year-old French woman used live-steam service Periscope to film herself committing suicide near Paris on Tuesday.

The suicide was the culmination of almost two hours of live broadcasts, in which the woman built suspense up to the tragic end.

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"I have reached the point where nothing pleases me. Nothing can make me want to get up in the morning," said the woman, who called herself Oceana.

A French newspaper reported she said that at about 4 p.m. those watching would "see something."

The woman shot the final video as she jumped in front of a train at Egly station at 4:29 p.m.

According to a text the woman sent a friend, the cause of her distress was her ex-boyfriend, who she claimed had raped her.

Periscope, a company owned by Twitter, removed the video. However, French authorities are attempting to obtain the footage.

Investigators also talked to the victim's family, who the New York Times reported "described her as being psychologically fragile."

This is not the first instance of Periscope being used for live-streaming horrific events. There have been multiple rapes and assaults broadcast.

In May an 18-year-old woman filmed what appeared to be the rape of her 17-year-old friend in Ohio. The prosecutor said that the woman streamed the alleged crime because she "got caught up in the likes" from viewers on Periscope.

Another incident in Bordeaux, France involved two teenagers filming themselves attacking an intoxicated man.

Technology researcher Thomas Husson told the New York Times that these occurrences were bound to happen.

 "It would be very difficult to prevent such events from happening," Husson said. "We now live in a dictatorship of real time." 

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