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A demo booth at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed recent violence on Facebook at the conference. (Photo: AP Photo/Noah Berger)

SAN FRANCISCO — A distraught father in Thailand killed his 11-month-old child on Facebook Live, the latest in a string of disturbing incidents including suicide, torture and sexual assault that have reached millions on the live-streaming service, raising questions about Facebook's ability to monitor violence on its platform.

Before committing suicide Tuesday, Wuttisan Wongtalay, 20, filmed the murder of his daughter on the rooftop of a hotel in two videos streamed on Facebook. The videos remained accessible on Facebook for 24 hours. The videos were also uploaded to Google's YouTube by other viewers, which took them down.

Wuttisan’s suicide was not broadcast on Facebook. His body was found next to his daughter, Jullaus Suvannin, the Thai police officer in charge of the case, told the Guardian  newspaper.

"This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim. There is absolutely no place for acts of this kind on Facebook and the footage has now been removed," Facebook said in a statement.

Wuttisan’s wife, Chiranut Trairat, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that her husband was solely to blame, and she bears no anger toward Facebook or the people who shared the video.

Trairat told the news agency that her husband was abusive in the past and spent two years in prison before they started dating.

The videotaped execution of 74-year-old grandfather Robert Godwin Sr. in Cleveland earlier this month prompted CEO Mark Zuckerberg to address growing tensions over violence on Facebook at the company's annual conference for software developers. The suspect in the murder, Steve Stephens, killed himself that morning as he was being hunted for Godwin's murder.

"We have a lot of work and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening," Zuckerberg said from the keynote stage.

A father in Thailand killed his 11-month-old daughter

A father in Thailand killed his 11-month-old daughter in two video clips on Facebook Live.   (Photo: Kimihiro Hoshino, AFP/Getty Images)

Thai police said Wuttisan's broadcast may have been influenced by the Cleveland Facebook killing, according to The Guardian .

Facebook has pledged to improve how users can flag violent content. Facebook prohibits content that glorifies promotes violence, only permitting violent content that is considered to be in the public interest.

Facebook eventually removed the video of Godwin's murder that Stephens uploaded to Facebook, but not before it had been viewed millions of times and posted elsewhere. The victim’s grandson, Ryan Godwin, begged people to stop sharing the footage, writing on Twitter: "That is my grandfather, show some respect."

Stephens' ex-girlfriend, a 42-year-old social worker, told NBC News that Stephens was solely responsible for his actions, but that the publicity he gained from the viral Facebook videos escalated the crisis.

Facebook's video features were "something that was meant to be good [but] was perverted bad," she said.

"I'm a clinician," she said. "I'm in the mental health field and I teach,


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Trump isn't making America great yet: Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus 3:16 a.m. ET April 26, 2017


Protest on March 8, 2017, in New York. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary, AFP/Getty Images)

Are we great again yet?

President Trump, closing in on his first 100 days, says things are going just fine. "I think we've had one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency,” he said not long ago. It was only 11 at that point , but whatever.

The truth is that Trump has had one successful week. His April 6 attack on Syria sent a message not just to President Bashar Assad but to other “bad hombres” like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and the mullahs in Tehran, that he’s willing to use force when in his view it advances our national security. And the next day, thanks to a parliamentary sleight of hand by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, 49-year-old Neil Gorsuch was confirmed for the Supreme Court , guaranteeing that Trump’s influence will be with us for decades to come.

As for the other weeks, here’s what comes to mind: Trump weakened regulations that let companies dump toxins into the water supply . His budget and tax proposals offer not a helping hand but a kick in the teeth to those less fortunate than him. He was disappointed that his health care plan, which would have denied coverage to 24 million Americans over the next decade, sank without a vote. And, despite claiming after Assad’s chemical attack that “ no child of God should ever suffer such horror,” he’s fighting to keep those very same children from escaping Assad’s hell and coming here.

Ask yourself, honestly: Do those things make us great?

I don’t think so. I think they reflect what much of our nation has become: fearful, intolerant and increasingly devoid of confidence or compassion. Two wars, two recessions, two stock market crashes and a psyche-shattering terror attack, all in just the span of a decade and a half, will do that to you. Stir in an immature, narrow-minded, petty and tone-deaf political class and you’ve got quite a toxic stew.

Let’s face it: We’re one-sixth into the 21st century and it’s not going particularly well. Our setbacks have left us scarred and scared. Trust in our institutions is down. We spend more time arguing with one another than working together for the common good.

Trump’s rise has roots in much of this, and since he’s now head of state, much of the responsibility for turning things around starts with him. How to become great again? I say he can start with the basics:

First: Presidents set the tone and provide an example for others. The best of them reached out in earnest, and with humility, to those who didn't vote for them. I believe Trump has an added responsibility to do this, given that most Americans didn't vote for him. In this regard, and like Barack Obama before him, Trump’s “I won” mentality isn't helpful. If, after the carnage

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