Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Italy may sue Facebook over suicide of Tiziana Cantone, victim of online bullying

Narada Desk | September 17, 2016 5:39 pm Print
Tiziana Cantone's family has demanded justice from the authorities, "to act so that her death was not in vain."

Italy may sue Facebook over the suicide of 31-year-old woman Tiziana Cantone, on Tuesday. Tiziana Cantone’s family has demanded justice from the authorities, “to act so that her death was not in vain.”

Protests have rocked some cities of Italy over the incident, demanding strict action against the offenders, reported media.

“As a government, there’s not a lot that we can do,” Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi said. “It’s mainly a cultural battle — also a social and political battle. Our commitment is try to do everything we can. … Violence against women is not an ineradicable phenomenon,” he added.

Reportedly, a probe is on to nab the four offenders behind online bullying that caused her death, said officials.

She became a victim of online bullying after a sex-tape of her was shared in Facebook by her ex-boyfriend.

The videos were seen by more than a million affecting her social life, said her family. She ended her life Tuesday by hanging herself in her home in Mugnano, near Naples.

Despite her repeated pleas to remove the obscene content, after she won the “right to be forgotten” ruling by EU, to removal video from all websites and social media like Facebook, the videos were watched by more than 1 million.

“You’re filming? Bravo,” which she said in the video clip became most shared quote in Facebook, and was even printed on T-shirts, smartphone cases, etc.

She changed her job and moved to coutryside in Tuscany to escape from the ordeal, said her family. Later, she was about to change her identity and name officially, when the tragedy finally struck her said media reports.

Reportedly, she sent the tape to her former boy friend, who shared it on the social media as revenge.

Facebook has apologized over the incident, and said it will take appropriate action if any offence is reported to it.