TikTok: Parents Warned Over Graphic Content

Parents are today being urged to exercise extreme caution when allowing children access to the popular social media platform, TikTok. The warning comes as a graphic video depicting a man committing suicide was widely shared on the popular app.
TikTok: Parents Warned Over Graphic Content
By Jenny Mollon
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The social media app sensation, TikTok, is today under worldwide scrutiny as a video which is said to show a man shooting himself with a gun was shared widely on the platform. Parents have been warned that the video may be disguised as something more innocuous and appealing to children before cutting to the graphic footage.

TikTok is said to be trying to remove the graphic videos which have been widely circulated on the app and are banning any users who attempt to re-upload the clip.

The video was originally streamed on Facebook and has appeared on many other apps. Many frequent TikTok users have attempted to warn their followers to avoid the video, which in first format was said to show a man with a grey beard sitting in front of a desk.

In a disturbing twist to the story, numerous new versions of the video have been created, many of which hide the footage in more innocuous looking videos.

A spokesperson for TikTok commented,

“Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide. We are banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate our community members who’ve reported content and warned others against watching, engaging, or sharing such videos on any platform out of respect for the person and their family.”

Although videos of this kind have appeared on other sites in the past, including Facebook, Instagram and Reddit, they are more difficult to avoid on TikTok. TikTok videos appear in one main feed (the ‘For You’ page) which users scroll through, making it harder to avoid the footage.

Warnings have also been issued on Instagram, where clips of the video have been shared.

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