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Father criticised for live-streaming his child’s birth on Facebook

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By John Glenday, Reporter

May 18, 2016 | 2 min read

A father has defended his decision to live-stream the birth of his child on Facebook by insisting that he was seeking to share ‘the gift of life’ after coming under fire from critics.

Fakamalo Kihe Eiki, from California, logged into Facebook Live for the important moment on Monday morning alongside the comment ‘Thanks guys for enjoying the gift of life with me … lol come celebrate next weekend bbq if in area’ and swiftly garnered some 90,000 views.

Not everyone was impressed by Eiki’s openness however and faced with a mounting backlash against this intrusion Eiki sought to defend himself the next day, stating: “The gift of life … is so bad to share … wow … such a world we live in … shame. Why watch? lol it was for those that were family and if you do not like, tune out?”

Eiki then added a short while later: “I like how people seem to judge before they know anything … I am blessed to have a baby … I aired it live because people would rather talk about Donald trumps hair than the blessings in life … get real people … lol.”

Nevertheless Eiki isn’t the first to broadcast one of the most intimate experiences of life to the world, with that dubious honour going to singer Erykah Badu who live-tweeted the birth of her child in 2009.

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