Facebook prevents incurably sick Alain Cocq from live-streaming his own death

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Facebook prevents incurably sick Alain Cocq from live-streaming his own death - We The World Magazine
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In a bizarre incident, the world’s biggest social media platform just blocked an incurably sick man named Alain Cocq from live streaming his own death, the BBC reports.

Frenchman Alain Cocq, 57, who is suffering from an incurable disease has expressed his wish to broadcast as he slowly leaves this realm after his plea to euthanasia was denied by French President Emmanuel Macron.

President Marcon received a letter from Mr. Cocq urging him to allow him to die with ‘dignity.’ However, the request was denied with the president saying he is ‘not above law.’

Mr. Cocq has a terminal illness where his arteries stick together and do not separate. Mr. Cocq said he wants France to enact a law that allows incurably sick people to choose when to leave the body.

On Saturday, Mr. Cocq stopped taking food drink, and medication, and planned to broadcast his death only to be blocked by Facebook citing the platform does not allow ‘portrayal of suicide.’

Early on Saturday morning, Mr. Cocq announced his ‘last meal’ and wrote: “the road to deliverance begins and believe me, I am happy.”

“I know the days ahead are going to be difficult but I have made my decision and I am calm,” he added.

As eye-widening Mr. Cocq’s decision sounds, this is not the first time such a complex and sensitive issue has raised questions and initiated a conversation. Human law tends to grapple while passing legislation over matters that precede the body.

In France, euthanasia is illegal, and so it is in the UK. Catholic groups oppose the matter of moral rounds in France. In the UK, euthanasia -or the act of voluntarily killing a person with a lethal injection – is considered manslaughter.

However, a last-year UK-law states no legal permission is needed to stop treatment of patients at  permanent vegetative state.

What Facebook said

Facebook in a statement to Agence France Presse said: “Although we respect [Mr. Cocq’s] decision to want to draw attention to this complex question, following expert advice we have taken measures to prevent the live broadcast on Alain’s account.” 

“Our rules do not allow us to show suicide attempts.”

Now Facebook has barred Mr. Cocq to post on Facebook until September 8th. Alain’s last post on Facebook urges his followers/ supporters to rally against Facebook’s decision to suspend ‘freedom of expression.’