Facebook blocks the live stream of a man in France suffering from an incurable ailment and had planned to broadcast his death live for everyone to see.
The man Alain Cocq, 57, had a serious medical condition that causes his arteries to stick together as repoted by Agence France-Press report. Stopping all food and drink as of Friday night. He has tried several times to used his condition to bring about changes to France’s right-to-die law, and announced he would live-stream his death on Facebook.
Earlier, Alain Cocq announced that he was now refusing all food, drink and medicine after President Emmanuel Macron turned down his request for euthanasia, (the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering).
Cocq, 57, who suffers from a rare condition which causes the walls of his arteries to stick together, said he believed he had less than a week to live and would broadcast his death from Saturday morning.
“The road to deliverance begins and believe me, I am happy,”he wrote on Facebook shortly after midnight in a post announcing he had “finished his last meal”.
“I know the days ahead are going to be difficult but I have made my decision and I am calm,”he added.
“Although we respect (Cocq’s) decision to want to draw attention to this complex question, following expert advice we have taken measures to prevent the live broadcast on Alain’s account,”a Facebook spokesman told AFP.
“Our rules do not allow us to show suicide attempts.”
Cocq had written to French President Emmanuel Macron in July, asking to be allowed to “die with dignity,” using “active medical assistance,” CNN reported. Cocq wrote that he was of sound mind but was “crippled by suffering.” Macron wrote back that he admired Cocq’s “remarkable willpower” but said he could not grant Cocq’s request.
In France, euthanasia is illegal, and French law prohibits deep sedation that renders a patient unconscious until their death except under specific circumstances. However, French citizens can decide to cease medical treatment, and French law has no provision to prosecute people for suicide, according to CNN.
According to Agence France-Press, Cocq said he would seek another way to post his live stream video after learning Facebook had blocked his attempt.