Recently, TikTok has warned users, especially parents, to be aware of a suicide video circulating on the platform.
The video contains footage of an American man committing suicide during a Facebook live stream. It has been uploaded on several media platforms, including the video-sharing app.
According to reports, the video clip has been embedded in a clip and sometimes inserted in other videos.
TikTok took necessary action through detecting and flagging the clips. The videos have violated its community guidelines leading the company to remove it on the platform. Furthermore, accounts that have been re-uploading the videos were also banned.
“We’re aware that clips of a suicide that was live-streamed on Facebook have recently circulated on other platforms, including TikTok,” the company tweeted on Monday.
“We’re removing content & banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate 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."
Parents are advised by experts to refrain their children from using the app until all the videos are deleted.
Fortunately, TikTok has previously launched a feature where parents could take control of the accounts of their kids. It is called the TikTok Family Pairing, where parents can connect their accounts with their young ones for monitoring. It keeps the kids safe from terrifying and disruptive content like the suicide clip.
The accounts of parents will have a QR code for the young ones to scan whenever they need to use the app or toggle some settings. They could set up Restricted Mode to filter contents and videos that are not suitable for their kids. Moreover, they can limit the time their kids spend using the app through the Screen Time Management tool.
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Additionally, there is another useful option for parents to restrict those who can direct message with their young ones on TikTok. They could prevent unknown people from sending inappropriate photos or videos or toggle off the messaging altogether to protect their kids from perpetrators.
Furthermore, the short video app rolled out an automatic disabling of direct messages to users under the age of 16.