Source List


I’ve arranged my source list based on how relevant it is to my topic. Starting with empathy which is the reason I started looking into this topic. I wanted to know why it has change online so much throughout the years especially on social media. I later go into Facebook Live violence and why people would commit a crime on live stream social media. Finally, I talk about all of the different Facebook live suicides. from there I slowly start talking about how its become a “viral” thing.

Is the Internet killing empathy?

People find things that are traumatic, dangerous and potentially dangerous…interesting. Videos of a car crashes, police chases, someone having a stroke become viral very quickly. This article mentions a study done between adults & kids and what their capacity for empathy is.

Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan. (2011, March 04). Is the Internet killing empathy? Retrieved April 01, 2017, from

Found on Facebook: Empathy

This article talks about how the meaning of empathy has changed. Empathy is portrayed differently online and its getting noticed. The author mentions Sherry Turkle’s “Reclaiming Conversation” book that has a lot of research on this area. Social media has changed the way conversations occur. It seems to be making people closer in a sense-when people disclose information about themselves online it makes others feel closer to them even if they really aren’t.

Wayne, T. (2015, October 09). Found on Facebook: Empathy. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from

Suicide on Social Media a Cry for Help

This article quotes experts that worry that as more of these broadcast suicides occur, there may be copycats. Friends or acquaintances struggling with their own issues may be influenced by the outpouring over the loss of another teen on social media.

More and more people are seeing these live stream Facebook/Periscope and believe that if they feel upset/depressed or can relate to the person- and that person was getting some relief, then they should follow suit so they can get that same relief.

Diaz, J., Hussain, S., & Lade, D. C. (2017, January 25). Suicide on social media a cry for help. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from


The disturbing trend of live-streamed suicides

This is very alarming to realize, people who are watching that might feel the same at the moment might believe that if this person can do it and its going to bring them relief then maybe it will do the same for me.

Facebook mentions that they do realize people use Facebook Live to share experiences that are occurring with friends and family and it does not violate their guidelines to do so, but if they do see something that does violate their community standards they will intervene and stop the live streaming of the video.

Post, L. B. (2017, February 08). The disturbing trend of live-streamed suicides. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from

Facebook Addresses Growing Issue of Livestreamed Suicides

This article mentions Facebook’s new tool to try and prevent suicides on Facebook Live. Viewers have the option to report it.” Experts say that one of the best ways to prevent suicide is for those in distress to hear from people who care about them,” says a Facebook blog post. Once a video is flagged as “likely to include thoughts of suicide” an algorithm will be sent to a human working at Facebook and if deemed a true threat they will reach out to the person with resources.

Newcomb, A. (2017, March 01). Facebook is offering tools to prevent suicides on Facebook Live. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from

Why are people live-streaming their suicides?

Live streaming suicides have gotten more popular over the years. The article mentions Abraham Biggs, his suicide attempt and the viewers thought process that happened while they saw him live streaming this.

A big misconception in live streaming videos are that people believe that it is a prank or that people are doing it for attention. Although live streaming videos do have some attention seeking aspects, a lot of people that talk about suicides on live stream are looking for “encouragement”.

Irby, K. (2017, January 27). Why are people live-streaming their suicides? Retrieved March 28, 2017, from

A 12-year-old killed herself on live video. Facebook removes it — 2 weeks later

Live video has become increasingly controversial as social media sites have encouraged use of the tool but have struggled to monitor it. This article mentions my earlier summary of the four kidnappers in Chicago. The video was eventually taken down but not before other websites had time to embed it and shared.

On December 30th, 2016, a 12-year-old named Katelyn Nicole Davis killed herself on a 40-minute live video. Although the video had been taken down from Facebook, there is no way to guarantee other websites would take the video down and there was no way to force them.


Irby, K. (2017, January 12). A 12-year-old killed herself on live video. Facebook removes it – 2 weeks later. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from

The Desire to Live-Stream Violence

After a white male was kidnapped and abused by four African American young adults. One of the suspects involved live streamed the kidnapping and abuse of the man in real time. The question that comes to mind is why would someone commit a crime and live stream it? The article mentions the desire for young adults to want attention, the victims were between the ages of 18-24 fit that scenario perfectly.

Phippen, J. W. (2017, January 06). The Desire to Live-Stream Violence. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from