A woman in Italy has committed suicide after she battled for months to have a video of her having sex removed from the internet. Her death adds to the "right to be forgotten" online debate that has sprung up over the last few years.
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The 31-year-old, who was identified as Tiziana, was found hanged in Mugnano on Tuesday. She sent the video of herself having sex to a few people, including her ex-boyfriend, to make him jealous. She was mocked online as soon as it was posted by someone else, and the footage has been viewed by almost a million people.
In the video, she says "You're filming? Bravo," to the lover. It has become a huge joke online and the phrase has even been made into popular culture items like phone cases and t-shirts.
Hoping to escape the humiliation, Tiziana quit her job and moved away - she even tried to change her name. Still, the nightmare persisted.
Tiziana recently did win her fight in a "right to be forgotten" ruling that ordered the video to be removed from various sites and search engines, including Facebook. Still, she was also ordered to pay about $22,500 in legal costs for the case, which make have been what pushed her over the edge and caused her to take her own life, according to several Italian media outlets including Gadgets 360.
"Why are these images still there? Why can people still mock and laugh at this young woman who ended her days because of this humiliation that she suffered?" wrote Naples daily Il Mattino on Thursday.
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Prosecutors in Naples have opened an investigation into the event.