Those persistent Italian prosecutors are at it again, this time pursuing a possible case against Facebook employees for the death of 14-year-old Carolina Picchio, who committed suicide in January after a gaggle of teenage boys that included her ex-boyfriend circulated a video on Facebook of Picchio appearing drunk at a party. Although Facebook itself is not under investigation, Novara prosecutor Francesco Saluzzo said he hasn’t ruled out an investigation of individual Facebook employees.
Picchio’s suicide follows an all-too-familiar bullying timeline: a video of her behaving like a party-goer at a party made the Facebook rounds, which prompted an avalanche of cruelty from her peers. In a farewell Facebook message, Picchio wrote, “Forgive me if I am not strong. I cannot take it any longer.”