The suicide of 19-year old Abraham Biggs which he broadcast via webcam last November 19 on Justin.tv is now making the headlines and posts of the blog-o-sphere.
Sad and tragic really. Background details could be read here, his family particularly Biggs’ father has already spoken about it and is angry to those who watched his son end his life via the web but did nothing to stop him from doing so.
I’m not really going to discuss the issues this tragedy has raised, but ask questions instead.
Are any of the audience liable, in any way, for watching the suicide?
According to ITProPortal.com, the suicide was apparently watched by some 1500 viewers. Some of them even egged Biggs on to take those pills which took his life. Others, did nothing but watched to see if it was the real thing, lastly there were some who notified Justin.tv who then called the police to look into the matter.
Legal experts can answer this, but could those who urged Biggs to take those pills be held legally or criminally liable?
Would this incident justify the call for tougher regulation of internet sites?
There are many more questions but these are just some that are really nagging my mind. Teen suicide is not something unheard of in American society but what if it happened here in the Philippines?
I suppose it will be another reason the Catholic Church would rile against the Internet and other modern communication technologies.