Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A graphic video showing an apparent suicide is circulating on TikTok, and users are warning each other not to watch it

TikTok is struggling to scrub its platform of video clips appearing to show a man dying by suicide.
Clips from the video in question have been circulating on TikTok since Sunday night, after the video first appeared in a livestream on Facebook, TikTok said in a statement.
Despite TikTok's efforts to remove uploads of the video, first reported on by the Verge , disturbing clips of the purported suicide can still easily be found across the platform. The setup of the app's "For You" page means the video could potentially appear (and automatically play) in front of users without them specifically searching for it.
As graphic clips continue to circulate on TikTok, creators and users have been making videos and posting to social media to alert their followers of the video, and warn them to swipe away from it in case it comes up on their TikTok feed.
TikTok said in a statement that its "systems have been automatically detecting and flagging" clips of the apparent suicide, and that it was banning users who "repeatedly" try to upload these clips to the platform.

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