Italian investigators are looking into the death of Tiziana Cantone, a 31-year-old woman from Naples, who apparently committed suicide after her sex tape went viral and unleashed an onslaught of online abuse. Explicit clips featuring Cantone were widely shared online, starting in the spring of 2015, after she had sent the videos to five friends whom she trusted, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The woman became an internet meme in the country through edited screenshots and parody videos, often featuring the same phrase she had used in the video (“You’re making a video? Nice one”). Distraught by the online abuse, including rumors that she had spread the tape because she wanted to become a porn star, Cantone had changed her name and moved away, and successfully launched a lawsuit to force Facebook to take down the photos. After two previous attempts, she took her own life while staying with her mother, 58-year-old Maria Teresa, who told La Repubblica that her daughter had been unable to untangle herself from the events. “Recently, she had been very unhappy. She suffered from everything she saw and heard, and in particular from the lawsuit, because she believed justice had not been done,” she said.
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