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Italian woman dies by suicide after video of her having sex goes viral

Tiziana Cantone’s death has sparked a debate in Italy about online privacy.

The 31-year-old was found dead at her aunt's house.
The 31-year-old was found dead at her aunt's house.
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THE SUICIDE OF a woman who battled for months to have a video of her having sex removed from the internet is fuelling debate in Italy on the “right to be forgotten” online.

Tiziana Cantone was found dead at her aunt’s home in Mugnano, close to Naples in the country’s south on Tuesday.

Her death came a year after she sent a video of herself having sex to some friends, including her ex-boyfriend, to make him jealous.

The video and her name soon found their way to the web and went viral and has been viewed by almost a million internet users.

The 31-year-old quit her job, moved to Tuscany and tried to change her name, but her nightmare went on.

The words “You’re filming? Bravo”, spoken by the woman to her lover in the video, have become a derisive joke online, and the phrase has been printed on T-shirts, smartphone cases and other items.

After a long court battle, Cantone recently won a “right to be forgotten” ruling ordering the video to be removed from various sites and search engines, including Facebook.

But she was also ordered to pay €20,000  in legal costs, something Italian media described as a “final insult”.

“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.

Prosecutors in Naples have opened an investigation into “incitement to suicide”.

- With reporting by Rónán Duffy

© – AFP 2016

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