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Man in America accidentally livestreams birth of his child to thousands of people

These things happen.

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A MAN IN America has said he accidentally livestreamed the birth of his child on Facebook.

Kali Kanongata’a recorded a video of his partner giving birth on Monday, thinking just his family and friends could see it.

The 26-year-old, who lives in California, told People magazine he wanted to share the video with his family on the Polynesian island of Tonga.

He said he didn’t realise what was going on until he noticed the viewer count increasing. Eventually thousands of people tuned it. At the time of publishing, more than 230,000 had watched the 45-minute video – either live or thorough playback.

Kanongata’a said he considered stopping recording when he realised the video was public, but changed his mind.

There’s a lot of negative stuff on Facebook and so I thought this would be positive. I figured as long as I kept it PG … It’s something to be happy about.

He said his partner, Sarah Dome, was fine with being filmed. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Ngangatulelei HeKelesi.

“I know some people are mad that it’s not private, but I’m from the island [of Tonga], and years ago, we would have water births in public. I wasn’t too worried about hiding anything because our culture has done this for thousands of years,” he added.

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