Mother says Facebook not to blame for daughter's murder

Mother says Facebook not to blame for daughter's murder

Chiranut Trairat, grieving mother of the murdered 11-month-old girl, sits in front of her daughter's coffin at Wat Si Sunthon in Phuket on Wednesday. (AP photo)
Chiranut Trairat, grieving mother of the murdered 11-month-old girl, sits in front of her daughter's coffin at Wat Si Sunthon in Phuket on Wednesday. (AP photo)

PHUKET -- The wife of the man who hanged their 11-month-old daughter live on Facebook said on Wednesday she held her husband solely to blame, and felt no anger toward the social media site or users who shared the horrific video.

The video showed 21-year-old Wuttisan Wongtalay killing his child by hanging her at an abandoned hotel. The video was livestreamed on Monday evening and remained accessible until finally taken down by Facebook late Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Wuttisan later killed himself.

"I am not angry at Facebook, or blame them for this,'' Chiranut Trairat, 21, told The Associated Press. "I understand that people shared the video because they were outraged and saddened by what happened.''

She said her husband had been abusive in the past and spent two years in prison before they started dating.

Facebook has been seeking ways to block videos as quickly as possible after a series of gruesome images, including murder and sexual assault, were recenlty livestreamed or posted.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted last week that his company has "a lot of work'' to do on the problem.

The murder in Phuket came less than two weeks after a man in Cleveland, Ohio, posted on Facebook a video of himself shooting a man dead in the street.

In Thailand, the potential for problems with Facebook Live became an issue last May when local media used the platform to broadcast live video of a university lecturer  locked in a six-hour standoff with police. The man was wanted for shooting dead two colleagues. After negotiations for his surrender failed, he fatally shot himself. His suicide was also streamed live.

Police will review ways to take down online content after Facebook killing. (Reuters video)


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