TikTok is trying to remove a suicide video uploaded to the platform as of Sunday. TikTok management, which made statements about the video that a group of users uploaded repeatedly or used sections in their content, announced that the video in question would continue to be removed and user accounts would be closed.
The victim, Ronnie McNutt, 33, was a former Army veteran who served in Iraq. He first livestreamed his suicide on Facebook and later the video appeared on TikTok.
It seems the clip quickly trended and was seen by tons of individuals . The TikTok community soon started warning people a few video that starts with a picture of a person sitting at a desk, but reports state that it had been also hidden in additional benign-looking clips.
“Our systems are automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide,” a spokesperson said. “We are banning accounts that repeatedly attempt to upload clips, and that 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.”
What’s worrying is that the video trended on TikTok’s “For You” page, which may be a feed that anyone can scroll through. many of us who saw the video weren’t following the person who posted it. Another worrying thing is that the incontrovertible fact that around one-third of TikTok’s U.S. users are aged 14 or under.
It’s not the primary time such an act has been posted to social media. Facebook took action against this happening a couple of years back, using AI not only to form sure that such content is taken down quickly, but to stop the act before it happens. In February this year, a 19-year-old in Brazil livestreamed his suicide on TikTok, with reports saying that the corporate took three hours before it contacted local authorities.
TikTok has now found itself facing criticism that the video wasn’t taken down sooner and also because it had been pushed into the trending category by TikTok’s algorithm. Moreover, some users reported seeing the clip even in any case the warnings were issued.
TikTok has been on the agenda for a few days with an interesting video. A suicide video posted on the platform on Sunday went viral within hours. Interestingly, a bunch of users are not trying hard to get this suicide video spread. As such, TikTok management took action on the issue and made important warnings.
TikTok spokesperson Hilary McQuaide stated that the video in question was removed immediately after it was shared, but some users have uploaded this video over and over again. Stating that some users use snippets from the suicide moment when creating content, McQuaide said that the content was carefully examined and such videos would also be removed. Moreover, according to the TikTok spokesperson, users’ accounts are also in danger due to this suicide video.
The suicide footage in question was not actually uploaded directly to TikTok. The suicide incident that took place last week, when a man living in the state of Mississippi in the USA ended his life and transferred those moments live on Facebook Live, somehow moved to TikTok. But interestingly, users paid more attention to this kind of objectionable video than expected and tried to make it viral. To be honest, it should be said that this audience has achieved its purpose.
The original video shows the terrible suicide of Ronnie McNutt, 33, from New Albany, Mississippi, who died of suicide on Facebook Live on August 31, 2020. TikTok users post videos with a warning about a video. It starts with a “bearded man” sitting at the table and telling other users to click or not watch.
The warning videos displayed on many users’ “for you” page contain a similar language starting with a TW (trigger alert) and then say, “If you see a video of a white man with a beard at a desk, please click the video immediately. Please don’t try to find out out of curiosity. Seriously.” Reviews about video and search trends show that many people try to find more information about the video after seeing the video alerts.
According to The Verge reporter Julia Alexander, the video “looks like it went around 4chan a few days ago and I think it reached TikTok.
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