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    19-year-old Commits Suicide on Justin.tv

    19-year-old Commits Suicide on Justin.tv

    In a striking display of the power of live video, Abraham K. Biggs committed suicide on Wednesday while broadcasting himself on video site Justin.tv. As we understand it from various forum posts, the 19-year-old Floridian was apparently egged on by commenters on Justin.tv and fellow forum users on bodybuilding.com. Biggs overdosed on pills while on camera and appeared to be breathing for hours until watchers realized he might be serious, at which point they alerted the police. The video kept running until police and EMTs broke Biggs’ door down and blocked the camera’s view.

    We confirmed Biggs’ death with the Broward County medical examiner. The Justin.tv video and many of the forum posts have been taken down.

    When asked about the broadcast via email, Justin.tv CEO Michael Seibel said:

    As for the broadcaster incident last night, we don’t comment on individual videos, however, our policy prohibits inappropriate content on Justin.tv. We rely on the community to flag videos that they feel are objectionable. Once a video is flagged, it is reviewed and quickly removed from the system if it violates our Terms of Use.

    We won’t post the disturbing content here, but much of it is still online. Images of the broadcast have been posted here and here, and there’s also a suicide note from Biggs, who went by the screenname CandyJunkie. An account of forum users watching the broadcast and calling the police is here. There are also rest-in-peace comments on what appears to be Biggs’ MySpace page. The Justin.tv broadcast used to be here.

    The contention that filming and uploading (and even hosting video of) a crime is a crime as well might not be valid, but given the very nature of live broadcasts, the issue becomes more complicated.

    And it’s not as if technology enabled the taking of a life, or as if this hasn’t happened before. A British man hung himself last year after allegedly being goaded on by fellow users on Paltalk, another live video site. There was even a widely distributed movie on the topic of live-streamed killings released earlier this year called Untraceable. But last night’s incident raises a thought-provoking question regarding free hosting of live broadcasts — what could sites like Justin.tv possibly do to prevent live-streamed snuff films?

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    theres already a 3-4 page thread on this FYI

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneGRMI View Post
    theres already a 3-4 page thread on this FYI
    ....damnn

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSM4Life View Post
    ....damnn
    Way to make a thread about something that's over a week old

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    Where the heck have you been? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by beatango2008 View Post
    Where the heck have you been? lol
    He's been hiding underneath this rock in my backyard.

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    Running your own thread supercedes all other threads and interests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flagg View Post
    Running your own thread supercedes all other threads and interests.
    no shit eh, that thread had like 100 posts. hes like the recluse tycoon that spends all his time on his bidness with no contact to the outside world. He could also use gay veto power and argue he was 'fashionably/fabulously late'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiGGaMaN View Post
    no shit eh, that thread had like 100 posts. hes like the recluse tycoon that spends all his time on his bidness with no contact to the outside world. He could also use gay veto power and argue he was 'fashionably/fabulously late'.
    LMFAO so true! God bless you, Jiggaman.

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