Warning issued about distressing content on TikTok

Facebook & Tik Tok Scramble To Remove Horrific Footage Of Man’s Suicide After Trolls Spam Feeds

Facebook & Tik Tok Scramble To Remove Horrific Footage Of Man’s Suicide After Trolls Spam Feeds

The Chinese-run social media app is still struggling to delete the graphic video, which features a 33-year-old man from the U.S. taking his own life. But despite the company's efforts to curtail the clip's circulation, some users were still encountering the video, prompting people to warn others away from the app until the footage could be removed, Forbes reported.

A graphic video of a "man with a beard" who livestreamed his suicide via Facebook Live ansd was shared in various social media is now being shared in TikTok. The situation is a particularly disturbing strain of trolling, as surprising users of all ages with an extremely graphic video could result in very real mental health consequences for the anyone who ends up viewing it.

Users are being served the graphic video in their feeds without warning via the app's "For You" page, which is created to gather videos from accounts you don't follow.

A TikTok spokesperson told the Verge, "Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide".

Some people have suggested that this could be a way to improve safety on TikTok, as users will be able to decide for themselves what to watch on the app.

According to reports, TikTok has been removing copies of the video since they emerged on Sunday and banning users who upload them, however some users have been masking the clip to trick others into watching the suicide.

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"Check with your children to determine if they have viewed this clip". TikTok has tried to stop the video from circulating by banning the accounts of people who try to re-upload it multiple times.

"Viewers are likely to be considerably distressed after seeing the video".

"I don't know how even a bot wouldn't have picked that up, it shouldn't be online", she said.

Meanwhile, March for Our Lives tweeted a warning: "a triggering video circulating @tiktok_us of a man committing suicide using a shotgun". The company said it's also "banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips", and that creators have reported re-uploads, but content spreads so quickly-and covertly-on TikTok that keeping up proved hard.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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