woman announces plan to kill herself on facebook- called a liar

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  1. Mordeci

    Mordeci Banned Member


    UPDATE: A Facebook spokesperson has contacted HuffPostTech with the following statement regarding Simone Back's suicide:

    We were deeply saddened to hear of the recent suicide of Simone Back. We have a close working relationship with the Samaritans and have a process in place whereby friends and family who are concerned about someone can report it to us through the Help Centre. A team of trained professionals are then able to review the case and the Samaritans will make contact with the person at risk. The safety of people who use Facebook is of paramount importance to us and this system is just one of number of tools we have in place to help them stay safe.

    The spokesperson noted that Facebook's Help Center is located at www.facebook.com/help
    Forty-two year-old Simone Back announced her intention to commit suicide in a status update on Facebook--and not one of her over 1,000 Facebook friends reached out in person to help.

    According to the Daily Mail, Back, who committed suicide on Christmas Day, wrote in her Facebook status, "Took all my pills be dead soon bye bye everyone."

    What followed was a series of callous posts from some of Back's Facebook friends. The Telegraph writes, "Some of the Facebook friends posted messages calling her a liar and one said it was 'her choice'. Seventeen hours later, police broke down the door of her flat in Montague Street, Brighton, and found her dead."

    Back's mother told the Daily Mail that none of her daughter's online friends attempted to help her in person. The Daily Mail explains,

    While some Facebook friends from out of town begged online for her address and telephone number so they could get help, none of those who lived closer did anything to help.
    Miss Back's friend, Samantha Pia Owen, said: "Everyone just carried on arguing with each other on Facebook like it wasn't happening. Some of those people lived within walking distance of Simone."

    Back's case is not the first in which someone has announced their intention to commit suicide via Facebook. In 2010, Rutgers University was shocked by the death of student Tyler Clementi, who posted a status update on Facebook that read "Jumping off the gw bridge sorry" shortly before his body was found in the Hudson River.
  2. lurktheshadows

    lurktheshadows Well-Known Member

    people are assholes >.>
    I can't imagine being in that position (being one of her friends) and not doing anything...it's incomprehensible to me..the cruelty
  3. Socialman

    Socialman Well-Known Member

    This is very sad. From experience I know that most people are unequipped and oblivious when it comes to helping suicidal and depressed people. Instead they take the stigma over the facts, and shun people instead.
  4. nolonger

    nolonger Well-Known Member

    Facebook is a fucked up place. People basically troll each other all day saying menial shit. Then again, I'm something of a loner but they're all wankers. It's such a waste of time, and that says something!

    Facebook should be deleted, if people want to talk, meet in person or use a fucking TELEPHONE. We've had them for over 100 yrs, might as well use them instead pasteing your mug all over the internet.

  5. cult logic

    cult logic Staff Alumni

    This actually happened at my school a few months ago.

    A kid posted how he wondered what it was like to die. Went and shot himself afterwards.

    My friend told me nobody said anything after he posted it.
  6. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    What happened to this poor woman was horrible, and the callousness of her many Facebook "friends" is inexcusable (assuming they were legitimate friends and not merely online acquaintances).

    However, Facebook is hardly the medium one should turn to in order to seek help. Many status updates are either nakedly attention grabbing or pointless babble, and thus people are inclined to assume them as such (though I'd rather be safe than sorry, as I would've hoped most people would).

    It seems to me that she didn't really have many friends. I can't imagine close friends shrugging off something like that. Than again, if I wrote something like that as my status, many of my best friends would probably think I was joking, since they would assume that serious suicidal intent would be expressed in person or by a direct phone call.
  7. Issaccs

    Issaccs Well-Known Member

    Its alright slagging these folks off but to be honest, I think most people on here would react in the same way if they were not used to this kind of struggle.
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