WARNING: Some readers may find details in this article distressing.
Parents are being urged to keep their children off popular social media platform Tik Tok, with a graphic video of a man taking his own life circulating on the app.
The confronting footage was first streamed live on Facebook on August 31, however has now made its way to Tik Tok.
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In a statement released online on Tuesday, Tik Tok said it was desperately working to remove the footage from its network.
“We’re aware that clips of a suicide that was livestreamed on Facebook have recently circulated on other platforms, including TikTok,” the company said.
“Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our Community Guidelines.
The statement said the company was also banning accounts that attempted to share the clips.
“We’re removing content & banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate our community members who’ve reported content & warned others against watching, engaging, or sharing such videos on any platform out of respect for the individual & their loved ones,” Tik Tok said.
If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, or concerned about someone who is, we encourage you to reach out to a loved one or a local support service: https://t.co/tVoHaDCK4C
— TikTokSupport (@TikTokSupport) September 7, 2020
Australian children’s support charity Act for Kids is now urging parents to “be vigilant with their children’s social media usage.”
“We are advised this video of suicide by gunshot is extremely graphic and may cause extreme distress for children who see it,” the charity said in a statement to myGC.
“Act for Kids encourages parents to talk to their children to determine if they have viewed this content, and limit social media usage until the video has been removed.
“It’s vital parents take the necessary steps to protect their kids online.”
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