New York Station Streams Suicide Attempt On Facebook Live

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WNYW, the Fox-owned station in New York, is being criticized for streaming ariel video of a man attempting to jump off a New York City bridge Wednesday morning.

The station sent a helicopter over the scene and aired the footage live on Facebook, according to the Huffington Post.

Fox 5 broadcast the scene live on its Facebook page as police tried to talk the man down. At least 60,000 people watched, sending thumbs-up and laughing emojis streaming across the bottom of the video; some commenters suggested the man should just go ahead and jump.


He didn’t. The man voluntarily climbed back onto the bridge and was taken into police custody hours after Fox 5 ended its livestream, according to several local media reports.

The report says halfway through its livestream Fox 5 pinned a comment to its Facebook video that included the number of a suicide hotline.

The video has since been deleted from the station’s Facebook page.  Suicide experts are calling the move irresponsible.

TVSpy reached out to a FOX 5 spokesperson for comment.  We will update once we hear back.