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The 21-year-old Thai man hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument with his wife.

Facebook sent condolences to the family for the "appalling" incident and said that the content had now been removed.

The company pledged a review of its processes after footage of a US killing stayed online for hours this month.

The footage of the Thai killing had also been available on video sharing website YouTube, but the company took it down after the BBC alerted it to its presence.


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A 21-year-old Thai man hanged his infant daughter and streamed it on Facebook Live, before he hanged himself, over a dispute with his wife. The man committed the act, which was off-camera, in a deserted hotel in Phuket, Thailand. Facebook removed the content and then sent condolences to the family for the "appalling" incident. The footage of the Thai killing had also been available on YouTube. Ministry spokesman Somsak Khaosuwan told Reuters: "We will not be able to press charges against Facebook, because Facebook is the service provider and they acted according to their protocol when we sent our request. They cooperated very well." Facebook has faced criticism since the launch of Facebook Live in 2016 over people committing acts of torture, bullying and homicide on the platform. – BBC

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Facebook is continuing its fight against fake news. The social networking platform on Tuesday announced that it will expand its related articles feature to give users more choices on a particular topic. The change, currently in test form, is designed to offer readers more scope so that they can learn more about a topic, or test what appears in one article against what appears in other publications. "That should provide people easier access to additional perspectives and information, including articles by third-party fact-checkers,"  Sara Su, a News Feed product manager, said in a blog post. – USA TODAY

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Facebook is warning that an online coupon from Lowe's is a scam. The couple offers "$50 coupons for EVERYONE! to celebrate Mother's Day!" When people click on the Facebook ad, it takes them to a page with the Lowe's logo that has a short survey. The survey, however, isn't real. Instead, it's a phishing scam that is designed to gather personal information on the user. Similar "Mother's Day" scam coupons have been found on Facebook claiming to represent Home Depot, Target and IKEA. – CNN

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Three men have been sentenced for participating in an alleged gang rape that was streamed live in a closed Facebook group. One of the men was given a sentence of 27 months for rape and assistance to rape. The others were given six-month sentences. The woman, who was under influence of narcotics, was not able to give her consent to the sexual act, the judge claimed. The men in their 20s were arrested in January in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, after police received tips about the streaming and the rape. Two of the men are Afghan citizens and the third is a Swedish citizen of Afghan descent. The men were also ordered to pay damages of $33,890 to the victim. – ABC NEWS

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Facebook's generous new bereavement policy is a great first step, but companies also need to change their culture, according to a grief counseling organization. COO Sheryl Sandberg, whose husband died at 47, announced in February that Facebook employees will have up to 20 days paid leave to grieve an immediate family member; up to 10 days to grieve an extended family member; and will be able to take up to six weeks of paid leave to care for a sick relative." Jim Santucci, executive director of California-based grief counseling organization, said companies also need to “develop a compassionate culture. When things do happen, there [should be] a sense of, ‘we need to support the person.'" He said Sandberg’s leadership has normalized facets of grief that an organization might otherwise avoid: “It’s okay to be sad, and it’s okay to acknowledge that someone is sad. These are things that we should talk about," he said. – FAST COMPANY

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson and officials in the Chicago have called for a Facebook Live moratorium, in the wake of the homicide of Cleveland grandfather Robert Godwin, who was shot to death on the social network. Steve Stephens had announced on Facebook that he was going to kill someone, then posted video of him shooting Godwin, 74, on the street. It took almost two hours for Facebook to take the video down. Stephens killed himself in Erie, Pa., on April 18 as police closed in on him. The moratorium would serve as "a time out" to help Facebook figure out how to prevent people from using it "as a platform to release their anger, their fears and their foolishness," Jackson said. Facebook has no plans for a moratorium. – USA TODAY

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A mom's Facebook post has gone viral after she encouraged her son not to share his toys. Alanya Kolberg, of Springfield, Missouri, said her six-year-old son was "approached by at least six boys" in their local park. The children allegedly "demanded" that the boy hand over his "transformer, Minecraft figure, and truck." She told her son that he doesn't have to share. "He was visibly overwhelmed and clutched them [the toys] to his chest as the boys reached for them," Kolberg wrote on Facebook. "He looked at me. 'You can tell them no, Carson,' I said. 'Just say no. You don't have to say anything else.'" Her post was viewed more than 200,000 times, and has attracted thousands of comments. – THE MIRROR

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