A few days ago, specifically on Monday, August 31, a Mississippi man committed suicide by shooting himself with a rifle and he broadcast it all live through his Facebook account.
The deceased is apparently Ronnie McNutt, a 33-year-old boy. In recent days, the video of McNutt committing suicide is being shared over and over again on TikTok, at the same time that the platform tries to prevent it.
“If you see a guy with a beard and glasses, go to the next video”
Many TikTok users are coming across this terrible video when opening the application, in the “For You” section. The video begins in a rather innocuous way, in which a man with a gray beard is seen sitting at his desk.
That means if you open TikTok and see a bearded guy, with glasses and sitting at your desk, it might be good for your sanity to avoid playing that clip any more.
Speaking to Mashable, a TikTok spokesperson assured that they are working to remove all related clips from the platform, in addition to banning all those accounts that are sharing it.
“Our systems have automatically detected and flagged these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide.
“We are banning accounts that repeatedly attempt to upload clips, and we appreciate our community members who have reported the content and warned others not to view, engage or share those videos on any platform out of respect for the person and their family”.
TikTok says they will ban everyone who shares the video
Alexis Tangman declares on his Twitter profile that he was a friend of the deceased, and confirms that McNutt committed suicide by shooting himself with a rifle during a direct on Facebook (who were witnessing, along with him, another 200 people). Tangman asks that you avoid watching the video and report it:
IMMINENT TRAUMA / PTSD WARNING:
My friend Ronnie McNutt committed suicide via hunting rifle on a FB livestream in front of myself and 200 others. The video is now making its rounds on @tiktok_us.
If you see a video of a bearded man at a desk on TikTok, CLICK AWAY AND REPORT IT.
– Alexis Tangman (@AlexisTangmanVA) September 7, 2020
In another chain of Tweets, Tangman criticizes all the people who are sharing the video in which his friend appears committing suicide. It states that “no one needs to see it” and asks that “if you’ve downloaded the video, delete it.”
I know it’s being passed around because there was zero public chatter about it until today. And now his name is everywhere. If you downloaded the video, do the right thing and delete it. Nobody needs to see that. If you’re sending it to people, you are sick beyond comprehension.
– Alexis Tangman (@AlexisTangmanVA) September 3, 2020
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