Prime Minister Scott Morrison has demanded social media companies be held accountable for content shared on their platforms in a powerful video message issued to the country today.
It comes after horrifying footage of a man taking his own life appeared on Tik Tok this week, with the platform admitting they were struggling to remove the vision.
The confronting video was first streamed live on Facebook on August 31, however has now made its way to Tik Tok where it is circulating.
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It’s since prompted child safety experts and charities to issue urgent warnings for parents to keep their kids off the app until the video is completely removed.
In a video message shared on Facebook on Monday, Mr Morrison said the laws and standards of behaviour from the real world must also apply online.
“No child should be exposed to horrifying content like the video which has been circulating on TikTok,” he said.
“Social media companies need to put in more resources to detect and tear down this sort of harmful content.
“That is their responsibility,” the Prime Minister said.
Mr Morrison also confirmed Australia’s eSafety commissioner was working with the popular social media platform to ensure the video is removed.
“Our Government introduced world-leading reforms including an eSafety Commissioner with the power to help keep Australian kids safe online,” he said.
“We’re investing more than $100 million to help keep Australian kids safe online and to educate parents and teachers about what they can do to help.”
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14 | visit website
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 | visit website
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 | visit website
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 | visit website