Wu Yongning the Chinese Rooftopper: Who is to blame for a daredevil’s death?
Last month, Wu Yongning went out to do what he loved best – scale a skyscraper without safety equipment and film himself dangling off its roof by his fingertips.
What happened next almost seems inevitable – the Chinese climber fell, plunging 62 storeys to his death.
His many thousands of followers grew concerned when he stopped posting videos of his stunts on sites like Huoshan and Kuaishou, but his death was only confirmed in recent days, first by his girlfriend, then by authorities.
A shocking clip of what appeared to be his final moments – his fatal attempt to scale a building in Changsha city – began circulating online this week.
His death has prompted uneasy soul-searching over the “cash for clips” internet video industry. Questions are now being asked about whether these platforms, and their viewers, are in some way responsible for his death.
A recent Beijing News investigation found that Mr Wu had posted more than 500 short videos and livestreams on Huoshan, garnering a million fans and earning at least 550,000 yuan (£62,000; $83,000). Huoshan had prominently promoted his videos as recently as June.
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