Women in Taiwan Ends Life While on Facebook, Online Friends Fail to Call Police

By Ed Silverstein March 28, 2012

A woman in Taiwan ended her own life on her 31st birthday while chatting on Facebook and none of her friends contacted the police.

Local police said that Claire Lin ended her own life on March 18 by asphyxiation from fumes coming from a charcoal barbeque .Lin's conversations on Facebook showed that she let nine friends know she was getting asphyxiated. Photos showed a room she was in, filling with fumes, according to The Associated Press.

One of her friends on Facebook told her to open a window and extinguish the charcoal fire. But no one contacted authorities. It may have been that none of them had her address or telephone number but knew her only from the social media site, according to The AP. She lived near Taipei in an apartment.

Lin’s boyfriend was not with her on her birthday – leading to her sadness, The AP said. The AFP News Agency reported that the woman was concerned that her boyfriend was having an affair.

Facebook said it was saddened by the death and encourages people to help those in distress. Facebook has links to suicide prevention hotlines in about 20 countries, including Taiwan.

A police officer who worked on the investigation into her death, Hsieh Ku-Ming, said the event lasted 67 minutes, according to Ubergizmo.

In a related matter, TechZone360 reported that Facebook has launched a prevention service for those with suicidal thoughts. The at-risk person can speak immediately to a crisis counselor via a chat feature, TechZone360 said. Facebook also has an anti-bullying program.

For further assistance, online users can click this link to access a suicide prevention site or call 1-800-273-TALK. If an emergency exists, someone needs to call 911. 

Edited by Jamie Epstein

TechZone360 Contributor

Related Articles

Bloomberg BETA: Models Are Key to Machine Intelligence

By: Paula Bernier    4/19/2018

James Cham, partner at seed fund Bloomberg BETA, was at Cisco Collaboration Summit today talking about the importance of models to the future of machi…

Read More

Get Smart About Influencer Attribution in a Blockchain World

By: Maurice Nagle    4/16/2018

The retail value chain is in for a blockchain-enabled overhaul, with smarter relationships, delivering enhanced transparency across an environment of …

Read More

Facebook Flip-Flopping on GDPR

By: Maurice Nagle    4/12/2018

With GDPR on the horizon, Zuckerberg in Congress testifying and Facebook users questioning loyalty, change is coming. What that change will look like,…

Read More

The Next Phase of Flash Storage and the Mid-Sized Business

By: Joanna Fanuko    4/11/2018

Organizations amass profuse amounts of data these days, ranging from website traffic metrics to online customer surveys. Collectively, AI, IoT and eve…

Read More

Satellite Imaging - Petabytes of Developer, Business Opportunities

By: Doug Mohney    4/11/2018

Hollywood has programmed society into believing satellite imaging as a magic, all-seeing tool, but the real trick is in analysis. Numerous firms are f…

Read More