SA parents instructed to prevent children from TikTok till suicide video is deleted

Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Parents are warned to stay their children faraway from TikTok until a graphic video of a suicide has been removed.

Following a graphic video of a suicide that was uploaded on TikTok, digital law expert – Emma Sadleir has called on parents to stop their children from using TikTok until the graphic video is deleted.

On Sunday night, the footage of the suicide which displayed a US man taking his life was uploaded to the Chinese video-sharing social network – TikTok.

However, the video was deleted but TikTok users re-uploaded the video on Monday and stirred fear within the minds of youngsters who make use of the app.

Sadleir warned parents on Facebook:

“There may be a graphic video of a person taking his own life circulating on TikTok. Parents are being urged to stay their children off the favored social media platform for subsequent few days,” she said.

“I have heard shocking reports. Parents are saying their children will suffer post traumatic disorder from watching this video. It’s been widely circulated.”

Sadleir said the simplest line of defence is “active, aware and involved parents.”

“Most parents don’t even know their children are on TikTok. they need to stay their children off the platform until they will get a handle thereon . They can’t yet.”

Moreover, TikTok already posted on social media that it knew about the video.

“We’re aware that clips of a suicide that was livestreamed on Facebook have recently circulated on other platforms including TikTok.”

“Our systems are automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our community guidelines,” said TikTok.

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