Resources for Creating a Safer, Saner, More Loving World

Facebook, YouTube Can Help Prevent Deadly Acts

by Seth Eisenberg

Clay Duke Facebook

Clay Duke posted violent manifesto on Facebook before Panama City shootings.

A quick Google search of “suicide note” and “Facebook” reveals that more than a dozen people who recently committed violent acts against themselves and others first announced their intention on the social networking site. It’s likely that dozens, perhaps hundreds, of other examples have not gotten public attention.

With a fraction of the enormous resources devoted to targeting advertising to its 500 million active users, Facebook, as well as YouTube, MySpace and other mega online communities, could begin saving lives tomorrow by implementing systems that immediately flag and capture postings and status updates threatening violence and notify emergency, crisis response, or law enforcement.

Lita Broadhurst Facebook

Lita Broadhurst posted suicide note on Facebook before jumping to her death.

We’ll never know if such a system could have helped protect U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords today or save the lives of Chief Judge John Roll, Gabe Zimmerman, or any of the others killed in the violent rampage outside an Arizona grocery store, including a nine-year-old girl.

Facebook, YouTube and others who have generated billions in revenues building and selling to online communities have the resources today to help make sure we don’t have to wonder tomorrow.

Seth Eisenberg is President of the nonprofit PAIRS Foundation in Weston, Florida, an industry leader in relationship and marriage education.


Student posted note on Facebook before killing Nebraska vice principal

Clay Duke’s Facebook page detailed vendetta before Panama City shooting

Murder-Suicide note posted on Facebook, Could father, son deaths have been prevented

Woman posted suicide note on Facebook then jumped to her death

TV star’s ex found dead after Facebook suicide note

Woman kills self after suicide note on Facebook ignored by 1,000 friends

Man uses Facebook page as suicide note

Rutger’s student posts suicide note on Facebook

Youth’s 45 minute suicide countdown on Facebook

Tagged as: , , , , ,

Categorised in: Health, News, Technology

Copyright Notice

Copyright ©, 2009-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from is strictly prohibited. Excerpts up to 500 words and links may be freely used by educational and nonprofit organizations provided that full and clear attribution is given to the article's author and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Please address permission requests to
January 2011
« Dec   Feb »