Oversharing?

Man who live-streamed his child’s birth takes shot at critics

A California resident who live-streamed his child’s birth on Facebook Live this week — quickly garnering around 90,000 views in the process — has defended himself from critics by calling into question people’s sense of what’s appropriate to share. “The gift of life … is so bad to share … wow … such a world we live in,” wrote the streamer, Fakamalo Kihe Eiki, in a Facebook post. “I aired it live because people would rather talk about Donald trumps [sic] hair than the blessings in life,” he added in a later post, responding to critics who questioned why he would do such a thing.

Live coverage of births on social media, while rare, do have some precedent. Singer Erykah Badu live-tweeted the birth of her child in 2009, and, that same year, a Minnesota woman who went by the name of Lynsee live-streamed herself giving birth on website MomsLikeMe.com. “I knew that there would be a lot of people that would not agree with what we did,” wrote Lynsee in a blogpost about her experience. “But I also had a lot of support from all over the world!”

In case you missed Eiki’s live broadcast of the birth, catch it below:

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Read the full story at The Guardian.

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