TikTok is working hard to remove a video of a suicide that was live-streamed on Facebook and uploaded to its platform Sunday night.
The initial video was removed from TikTok but users continued to re-upload the footage. They uploaded videos that used a bait-and-switch tactic, showing other images in the beginning of the video, then transitioning to the suicide footage for unsuspecting viewers.
"On Sunday night, clips of a suicide that had originally been livestreamed on Facebook circulated on other platforms, including TikTok," a TikTok spokesperson said, according to The Guardian.
"Our systems, together with our moderation teams, have been detecting and blocking these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide. We are banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and 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 struggling with thoughts of suicide or concerned about someone who is, we encourage them to seek support, and we provide access to hotlines directly from our app and in our Safety Center."
Some TikTok uploaders warned viewers about the opening frames of the video. However, many users were curious about the gruesome footage and continued watching.
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