Facebook has blocked the live stream of a man suffering from an incurable ailment in France who wanted to live-stream his death, said Agence France-Press. Alain, 57, has a condition that causes his arteries to stick together, and, as from Friday night, he stopped consuming food and water. He used his condition to attempt and introduce improvements to the right-to-die law of France and he revealed that he would live-stream the event on Facebook.
Emily Cain, a Facebook spokesman, wrote in an E-Mail to The Verge on Saturday, “Our hearts go out to Alain Cocq and those who are affected by this sad situation, while we respect his decision to draw attention to this complex and difficult issue, based on the guidance of experts, we have taken steps to keep Alain from broadcasting live, as we do not allow the depiction of suicide attempts.”
In July Cocq wrote to Emmanuel Macron, the French president, requesting permission to “die with dignity” with “active medical assistance,” said CNN. Cocq wrote he was “crippled by suffering”, but he was thinking straight. Macron stated that he was unwilling to accept the wish of Cokq, although he respected Cocq’s willpower.
Euthanasia is unlawful in France and French law forbids deep sedation which, except under special conditions, leaves the patient unconscious until death. However, according to CNN, French residents may wish to delay medication and French legislation does not allow individuals to be punished for suicide.
According to Agence France-Press, after discovering Facebook rejected his attempts, Cocq said he would search for some way to share live-stream footage.