A live stream of a person tragically taking his own life has been seen by countless social media users after TikTok has struggled to prevent it from being reshared. Ronnie McNutt, 33, filmed his own death survive Facebook while sat reception ahead of a desk.
TikTok is trying to get rid of graphic videos circulating the app that show a person shooting himself with a gun, and banning accounts from people that are re-uploading the clip.
TikTok says the clip was originally streamed on Facebook and has appeared on other apps. because the TikTok community became conscious of the clip, many creators started posting videos warning their followers to seem out for a picture — a person sitting ahead of his desk with a gray beard — and swipe faraway from the video. Other creators spoke about the foremost disturbing a part of the video being hidden inside more innocuous looking TikToks. A TikTok representative confirmed to The Verge that “clips of a suicide” started circulating on Sunday night.
The TikTok app is now scrambling to get rid of any clips of the incident, which happened in Mississippi on August 31, which are being reposted on the video platform. Ronnie was suffering together with his psychological state and had PTSD after serving within the Iraq War. He reportedly had recently lost his job and choppy together with his girlfriend before he died.
‘He didn’t seem to be an equivalent guy that left for Iraq once he exited the service,’ friend Josh Steen told Heavy.com. ‘I spent many an late night in our studio, via text message, and face to face talking with him about life and his struggles. ‘Mental health issues are very very real, and that i honestly think that there are tons of individuals who struggle with all areas of mental disease who let it go untreated. Or treat it with other things, it seems.’ He said Ronnie had often gone on Facebook Live to ‘ramble’, but during this case, he was ‘incredibly drunk, which plus his recent relationship issues led to the top result’.
He claims Facebook didn’t react quickly enough to get rid of the live stream – saying he reported the video while Ronnie was still alive, but it had been not removed until around 1.30am. Mr Steen says Ronnie died by suicide at 10.30pm the evening before. One friend wrote: ‘Please say a prayer immediately for the family of Ronnie McNutt. He just killed himself survive FB and that i cannot unsee this. ‘I tried but apparently it wasn’t quick enough to succeed in him. I wasn’t quick enough. Dear God I wish I could have gotten to him.’
Ronnie McNutt, 33, was an American living in Mississippi who shot himself at his range in front of a desk on August 31.
He was a military veteran who served in Iraq and worked at a Toyota plant in Blue Springs, New Albany.
There are unconfirmed reports that he had lost his job and choppy together with his girlfriend.
He streamed the footage of his actions on Facebook which then spread across social media.
Mr McNutt was described as a “caring and loyal” man.
Social media users have claimed they unintentionally saw the clip, and have warned others to not click on the thumbnail which shows a bearded man on the phone.
Mr McNutt was a member of Celebration Church Tupelo, which confirmed his death on September 1 during a Facebook post.
“In the midst of a sudden tragedy that occurred last night, we grieve with the McNutt Family during this point because passing of our brother in Christ, Ronnie McNutt,” it said.
It added: “We love and pray for everybody within the McNutt family, Celebration Church, and people suffering from Ronnie’s passing.
“We can take comfort in our Shepard’s arms by approaching to Him during this point , having Him comfort us while we grieve with those that grieve. God Bless!”
The video is claimed to possess appeared on TikTok’s “For You” trending homepage, which might have made it harder for users of the app to avoid the footage.
TikTok is now frantically trying to get rid of all traces of the disturbing film.
A TikTok spokesperson said: “On Sunday night, clips of a suicide that had been livestreamed on Facebook circulated on other platforms, including TikTok.
“Our systems are 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 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.
“If anyone in our community is battling thoughts of suicide or concerned about someone who is, we encourage them to hunt support, and that we provide access to hotlines directly from our app and in our Safety Centre.”
One friend wrote: “Please say a prayer right now for the family of Ronnie McNutt. He just killed himself live on FB and I cannot unsee this.
“I tried but apparently it wasn’t quick enough to reach him. I wasn’t quick enough. Dear God I wish I could have gotten to him.”
In tribute to Mr McNutt, the Celebration Church Tupelo said: “Ronnie will be missed by all who loved and knew him.
“He was very caring, committed, loyal, dependable, and eccentric. He served his church faithfully and was loved by many.
“Although events surrounding his death were tragic, we take comfort in our Creator, believing that because of Ronnie’s confession and conversion as a believer in Christ Jesus, he is currently before our loving Father.”
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