TikTok Scrambles to Stop Suicide Video From Spreading On App
TikTok is scrambling to take down copies of a graphic suicide video that began circulating Sunday night, going so far as to ban any users who re-upload the clip, The Verge reports. The video, which the company says originated on Facebook, shows a man shooting himself with a gun. “Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide,” a TikTok spokesperson told The Verge. The video has also been circulated on Twitter and Instagram, but TikTok’s layout may make it more difficult to avoid.
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