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Facebook Blocks Terminally Health Challenged Frenchman

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Stating on Saturday, Facebook has decided to block the live stream of a Frenchman Alain Cocq, suffering from an incurable condition and wanted to broadcast his death on the social media platform.

The 57 year old Alain Cocq announced that he was now refusing all food, drink, and medicine after President Emmanuel Macron turned down his request for euthanasia. Alan suffers from a rare condition that 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. He wrote;

“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.

In line with this, Facebook said;

“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 been trying to post another video earlier Saturday when he messaged:

“Facebook is blocking my video broadcast until September 8.”

“It is up to you now,” he said in a message to supporters before giving out Facebook’s French address “so you can let them know what you think about their methods of restricting free speech”.

“There will be a back-up within 24 hours” to run the video, he added.

Cocq had written to Macron asking to be given a substance that would allow him to die in peace but the president wrote back to him explaining this was not allowed under French law.

“Because I am not above the law, I am not able to comply with your request,”

Macron said in a letter to Cocq, which the patient published on his Facebook page.

“I cannot ask anyone to go beyond our current legal framework… Your wish is to request active assistance in dying which is not currently permitted in our country.

 

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