TikTok trying to stop the spread of video showing man killing himself

Parents urged to ban kids' TikTok access as uncensored video of man shooting himself dead trends

Parents urged to ban kids' TikTok access as uncensored video of man shooting himself dead trends

Originating as a Facebook live video, the violent footage was soon shared by users of the Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok, where some were embedding it in videos purporting to show benign content.

The disturbing video, which is too graphic to share, was originally live-streamed on Facebook before making its way to the video-sharing app early on Tuesday.

TikTok was working to remove the footage, but it had been copied and shared elsewhere.

"It's like what we called Elsagate - which was when Elsa from Frozen got some full-on treatment with people posting two minutes into a video some obscene things happening to Elsa", Ms Pendergast said.

TikTok is warning users about a video of a man killing himself that appears to have been circulating online since Sunday evening.

"Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our Community Guidelines", TikTok said in a statement.

"If you're struggling with thoughts of suicide, or concerned about someone who is, we encourage you to reach out to a loved one or a local support service".

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and will connect the caller to a certified crisis center near where the call is placed and is available 24 hours a day.

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Cyber safety education group ySafe Solutions took to their Facebook page to warn parents of potentially graphic footage.

Users are sending warnings while the platform is working hard to remove all versions of the video by banning those who have been sharing it since September 7. Likely because TikTok-unlike other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter-heavily relies on its algorithmically generated "For You" discovery page to fuel engagement, which makes it more hard to keep users from unwittingly stumbling across any single video.

"The clip is extremely graphic and has yet to be moderated. Please advise all older students to do the same".

"We strongly recommend keeping your children offline today if possible, and heavily supervise all social media interactions until this content is removed".

This means users may potentially come across the video even if they have not searched for it, or actively subscribe to an account reposting it.

It's the latest example of the ongoing struggle by big tech companies to police their platforms for harmful content amid increasing pressure from regulators.

The distressing clip is even more hard to avoid on TikTok due to the way the app's For You feature works.

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