Facebook failed to stop the live stream of a father’s suicide despite reports of dozens of people warning the platform what was happening.
Jonathan ‘Bazza’ Bailey, 50, posted that he was going to kill himself at 1pm on Saturday before starting a live stream, according to The Sun.
More than 400 people are believed to have watched the live stream, some of whom desperately tried to alert Facebook to the situation.
Jonathan ‘Bazza’ Bailey, 50, posted that he was going to kill himself at 1pm on Saturday before starting a live stream
A friend wrote on Facebook to say he drove to Mr Bailey’s house in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, to try and stop him from hanging himself but when he arrived police had already taken him away.
Mr Bailey is believed to have written, ‘I’m Going to Hang Myself Today’, on Facebook before starting a live stream, according to an obituary on The Arts of Entertainment.
His daughter, Lucy Bailey, took to Facebook to detail her despair at mental health services in the UK.
She wrote: ‘Something needs to change, I can’t explain how many times you’ve been let down by the mental health services.
‘I’m never going get my head around the fact we can’t speak everyday anymore I can’t see you hug you.
‘I’m forever going to try and do you proud.’
Alongside her emotional post she uploaded two screenshots of text messages from Mr Bailey where he explains how he wasn’t being offered enough advice on correct medications to take for his depression.
He detailed how he rang a crisis team to ask for help but was simply told that it would take four to six weeks for the medication to have an effect.
And he vented his frustration that his medication was only allowed to be changed by his psychiatrist but he wasn’t able to get an appointment with his psychiatrist until November 22.
More than 400 people are believed to have watched the live stream, some of whom desperately tried to alert Facebook to the situation
Facebook issued a statement after the incident and claimed it sent ‘support documents’ to Mr Bailey after his initial suicidal status was uploaded.
A spokesman said: ‘Our thoughts go out to Mr Bailey’s family at this difficult time.
‘We can confirm that the livestream was deleted very soon after being posted and this further post has also now been removed at the family’s request.
‘We take the responsibility of keeping people safe on our platforms seriously, and we will continue to work closely with experts like The Samaritans to ensure our policies continue to support those in need.’
According to Facebook’s Community Standards, the company has been ‘advised by experts’ to not remove live videos of ‘self-injury while there is an opportunity for loved ones and authorities to provide help or resources’.
Mr Bailey, who was a mental health campaigner and local hero in his area, founded a gym in Chesterton and was a member of a local anti-drugs group – Stoke-on-Dust.
Facebook issued a statement after the incident and claimed it sent ‘support documents’ to Mr Bailey after his initial suicidal status was uploaded
The Facebook page for Stoke-on-Dust wrote an emotional tribute which read: ‘Bazza Bailey, an extraordinary man that we had the honour of getting to know.
‘Although it was over a short period of time, the impact Baz had on the whole Stoke-on-Dust team was truly heartening, one that can’t be summarised into a few words.
‘The news is devastating and our condolences go out to his family, friends and loved ones.
‘A true legend in the city of Stoke, his activism and perseverance in making the community a better place was legendary and we hope that his legacy lives on in those he inspired.
‘Rest in Peace.’
A GoFundMe page to raise money for Mr Bailey’s funeral has already raised £6,595.
A GoFundMe page to raise money for Mr Bailey’s funeral has already raised £6,595
It’s creator, Stefan Albert Hanks, wrote: ‘I’m sure Baz has touched the heart of everyone in Stoke-on-Trent, if not personally but inspirationally.
‘I can honestly say he’s helped me a lot in life, knowing him over 20 years, he’s a man that would go out of his way to help others, even though he needed help himself.
‘We would often talk of all the things we have done for people over the years, and often asked, how do you do what you do for others, and the answer is we did it because it made us feel better, but really it was Baz who needed the help.
‘I’ve spoken to Baz’s family and Baz meant a lot to me and so many others I want to help to give Baz the send off he deserves, so please show your support with as much or little as possible, and let’s make this day special.
Facebook has been contacted for comment.
For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.