Weighing In: Facebook Removes Sinead O’Connor’s Profile

December 2, 2015 By Jordan Miller

O’Connor’s family urged Facebook to disable her profile, and it might have been her only means of communication with them.


Per her family’s request, Facebook disabled access to Sinead O’Connor’s profile page.

O’Connor’s desperate attempts to reach her family via the social media platform were revoked on Wednesday (Dec. 2) at the “urging of her loved ones,” People reports.

The move follows a life-threatening downward spiral when the “Nothing Compares 2U” singer posted what many interpreted as a suicide note. On Sunday, O’Connor wrote a lengthy letter admitting to taking an overdose. She said in-part, “there is only so much any woman can be expected to bear.” She detailed the painstaking struggle between Donal Lunny, the father of their son Shane, and claims Lunny has barred her from seeing Shane even though he is “unwell.”

Hours after the note surfaced online, authorities issued a statement saying O’Connor was “safe and sound” and receiving medical treatment.

Once O’Connor came to, she posted several more heartbreaking messages on Facebook after finding out her family visited her in the hosptiral while she was unconscious, but left before she awoke.

“You haven’t been back. Please why are you doing these things to me??” O’Connor wrote on her wall. “I need you. I need your love. I can’t manage what’s being done to me. I didn’t do anything to deserve the way I’m being treated.”

“To hear that you were here and left was agony. Now I am utterly alone. Please. Please love me. Please come to the hospital and spend time with me and help Fix all this. Please. I’m. Begging you.”

“Don’t leave me so frightened and alone. Don’t treat me like I’m not loved and am worth nothing. Please. If you love me even a little please come and be with me and help me understand what’s happening. I didn’t even have any clothes. I haven’t a thing. Please. Jake, Roisin. All, please, come see me and make me feel like M loved. Help me instead of punishment. Please please I beg you come see me and help.”

O’Connor wrote another saddening threat: “If a woman doesn’t first succeed… She’ll try, try again,”iWantMyRightToDieAndIWillClaimIt.”

Facebook provides advice on how to report peoples’ profiles who share or post suicidal-related content, however we didn’t come across literature stating what Facebook can do if an account is posting messages similar to O’Connor’s.

**Please note: I have no personal insight to the situation and these thoughts are what I gathered from reports off the Internet and her Facebook messages. The opinions below reflect my own thoughts and are not associated to the other writers on BreatheHeavy.com**

The inherent problem I’m circling over in this particular case is O’Connor’s loud cries for help and the removal of the only platform she seemingly had to communicate with her family. O’Connor pleaded with Donal Lunny to allow her visitation with their sick son Shane, but no matter how loud O’Connor shouted, she was met with silence. Someone who allegedly threatens their own life or well-being is typically unfit to communicate properly, so we imagine her family blocked O’Connor access to seeing her son because of her erratic behavior – their attempt to shield Shane from his mother’s unstable condition. At the same time, People reports O’Connor’s family urged Facebook to disable access to her profile as to cease the chilling posts. Unless this was advised by a doctor, it’s scary to imagine a world where someone’s means of communication to the outside world could be stripped away from you – mentally unfit or not.

I’m simply pointing out that O’Connor is desperate to get in touch with her family, no matter the cost, and that’s now taken away from her, too.

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