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Published: Thursday, Jan. 24 2013 1:14 p.m. MST

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JimInSLC
Salt Lake City, UT

It's ironic that Facebook is trying to gather clues from user accounts to determine why they have committed suicide. Facebook and other internet social media sites are some of the tools used by bullies to torment their victims; So much that their victims see suicide as the only way to escape the pain or humiliation.

One example that comes to mind is the college student a couple years ago that secretly video taped his roommates gay encounter and posted it to Facebook. Shortly after that the young man committed suicide.

In the case of Aaron Swartz, his tormentors were government prosecutors trying to make an example and pressing for a 30 year prison sentence, convicted murderers do less time. And, Aaron had not committed any crime. He legally logged into the academic site using a valid user account assigned to him. He downloaded over a million academic papers to his hard drive but had not done anything with the files. His offense might be violation of the EULA.

One reason people commit suicide is simply they are tormented by bullies, whether it be their peers or some persons that having been given a little authority begin to practice unrighteous dominion.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

If Aaron Swartz was innocent then he wouldn't have killed himself. He would have asked for due course, just like every other person accused of a crime does. If he was confident then it wouldn't have been an issue and he would have walked away. Who cares that they are PUSHING for 30 years, until he is convicted that doesn't matter. That reminds me of the Greg Peterson case here in Utah. People keep saying he was innocent, yet he refused to go to court. Let me put it this way. If you go to court there is a chance you will walk free, if you kill yourself there is no chance you walk free. I do agree bullying is a problem, but is not the cause of all suicides. Self loathing is prevelant today. People need to remember, we get one shot at this life and then we are dead.

thelogicalone
salt lake city, UT

It could be helpful to also check the page of the deceased over the next few years to see the postings of people left behind. If someone knew what their kids would say for the next 5 years and how much they are missed, maybe they would seek help. Maybe.

KinCO
Fort Collins, CO

Brahmabull is so sure that someone who commits suicide is admitting guilt--he obviously has NO experience with clinical depression. It is a mental state that drives out all logical thought. Mr. Swartz was well known to have struggled with depression. To say that his suicide proves his "guilt" is completely clueless--right up there with thinking that a woman who is raped was asking for it. It is just a way to distance oneself from someone else's pain and to feel justified in doing so. Shame on you, Brahmabull.

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