TikTok tries to ban widely shared suicide clips

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

09th Sep, 2020. 02:44 pm

TikTok is working to take down clips showing a man killing himself.

The videos appeared on Facebook and have been shared on Twitter and Instagram as well.

The video-sharing app TikTok said it would ban accounts repeatedly posting clips.
A representative said, “Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide,”

“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.”

Facebook told BBC News: “We removed the original video from Facebook last month, on the day it was streamed, and have used automation technology to remove copies and uploads since that time.

“Our thoughts remain with Ronnie’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Some users are reportedly sharing the video, disguised behind images of kittens or other content. Whereas, others are urging people to delete such content.

TikTok has claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl in Oklahoma, US. As per details, the girl, identified as Chloe Philips, took an excessive amount of anti-allergy medicines as part of a TikTok challenge.

Her parents took her to the hospital in a critical situation, where she was later pronounced dead. Her aunt, Janette Sissy Leasure, took to social media to warn parents of the activities the children can engage in which may take the precious life of their loved ones.

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