Jason Manford issues warning to fans over livestream suicide video on TikTok
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Jason Manford has issued a warning to fans and parents to stay off TikTok over a sick livestream suicide video.
The comic, 39, urged them not to go looking for the “really upsetting” clip until the social media site works out how to stop it spreading.
Ronnie McNutt, 33, killed himself by shooting himself with a shotgun in his home in Mississippi, US, on August 31 while he was livestreaming from his computer.
The disturbing footage has gone viral in the days since on video-sharing app TikTok, which is popular among children and teenagers.
Jason tweeted: “Make sure you stay off TikTok today (especially children) until they work out how to stop the spread of a really upsetting suicide video (also if you are nosey and think you might go looking for it, honestly, don’t).”
After a social media user thanked him as they knew nothing about it, he said: “Well neither did I.
“But I’m a sceptic. I don’t believe anything and always go down the ‘it’s an urban myth’ option first.
“But didn’t take me long to work out it was real.”
His followers said it was “frightening what can be sent round unchecked on social media”.
Horrified social media users have claimed they unintentionally saw the clip.
They have urged others not to click on the thumbnail, which shows a bearded man with glasses speaking to someone on the phone.
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A TikTok spokesman: "On Sunday night, clips of a suicide that had been livestreamed on Facebook circulated on other platforms, including TikTok.
"Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging 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 Centre.”
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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