Italian police may investigate Facebook for the company’s role in the suicide of a 14-year-old girl earlier this year.
“Forgive me if I am not strong. I cannot take it any longer,” Caroline Picchio wrote on her Facebook wall before leaping three stories to her death in January. She had plunged into a depression after a group of teenage boys filmed her acting drunk and out of sorts in a bathroom during a house party, then used it as a weapon to bully her on Facebook.
Facebook prohibits its users from bullying or harassing others, but the video nevertheless stayed online for days, even as Picchio’s friends reported it repeatedly. Eight boys between the ages of 15 and 17, including Picchio’s ex-boyfriend, are being questioned for their role in the harassment. But the Italian Parents Association isn’t waiting for police to finish up that side of the investigation. The group has already filed a criminal complaint against Facebook in Rome.