(As you might have heard, the clip went mega viral, and the family was soon deluged with interview requests -- a fame crescendo that reached its inevitable peak with MC Swagger's kindergarten deploying a security guard.)
A Man Accidentally Streams His Wife Giving Birth On Facebook Live
When Facebook isn't hoarding your data in order to sell you T-shirts or help elect shitgoblins, it's broadcasting it to the world willy-nilly, thanks in part to their byzantine system of privacy settings that more closely resemble a labyrinth of yore than the apparatus of one of the world's most powerful corporations. So when Kali Kanongataa, a resident of Cali, decided to livestream and narrate the process of his partner giving birth to their child via Facebook Live for the benefit of his family in Tonga, he probably thought he had that shit locked down tight. Because, well, you would, wouldn't you?
He did not.
ABC NewsWe're getting sex ed class PTSD.
All in all, his stream was watched more than 120,000 times, which is approximately 120,000 more times than anyone giving birth ever wants to be seen. Midway through the broadcast, Kanongataa realized his mistake and considered stopping the recording ... but then decided to press on, figuring "There's a lot of negative stuff on Facebook and so I thought this would be positive." A nice thought, but maybe next time consult the person whose nether regions are being broadcast across the web?
Anyway, hopefully he banked some of that positivity for later. In the aftermath of his viral fame, Kanongataa launched a series of lawsuits against media outlets such as NBC and ABC, alleging that they owed him money for airing part of his videos (at most, 30 seconds). These lawsuits were eventually struck down, because fair use is a thing. The court also awarded $120,000 in legal fees to the broadcasters, because even though Kanongataa argued that a full fee award could bankrupt him as "a person of limited means," he didn't present any evidence for this, and the judge had no choice but to bury him. Remember, our reality is just one big Black Mirror episode.
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