A graphic video showing an apparent suicide is circulating on TikTok, and users are warning each other not to watch it
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TikTok is struggling to scrub its platform of video clips appearing to show a man dying by suicide. Clips from the video in question have been circulating on TikTok since Sunday night, after the video first appeared in a livestream on Facebook, TikTok said in a statement. Despite TikTok's efforts to remove uploads of the video, first reported on by The Verge, disturbing clips of the purported suicide can still easily be found across the platform. The setup of the app's "For You" page means the video could potentially appear (and automatically play) in front of users without them specifically searching for it. As graphic clips continue to circulate on TikTok, creators and users have been making videos and posting to social media to alert their followers of the video, and warn them to swipe away from it in case it comes up on their TikTok feed. TikTok said in a statement that its "systems have been automatically detecting and flagging" clips of the apparent suicide, and that it was banning users who "repeatedly" try to upload these clips to the platform. "Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide," TikTok said in a statement to Business Insider. "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." The video in question has also appeared on other platforms, including Twitter and Facebook. TikTok's attempts to rid the platform of the video show the struggle of TikTok to adequately moderate its platform in real time. The company was slammed earlier this year for its handling of another suicide on its platform: The Intercept reported that TikTok employees in Brazil waited nearly three hours to alert authorities to the death of a 19-year-old user who had livestreamed his apparent suicide on TikTok. The video reportedly stayed up on TikTok for more than an hour and a half, and accrued 15 complaints, before it was taken down. However, this inadequacy in dealing with suicides and other violent content isn't an issue limited to TikTok. Facebook and YouTube are just two of a number of social platforms who have drawn criticism for their failure to remove graphic and violent content from their sites, despite having policies in place that explicitly ban such content. Facebook has notoriously struggled to rid its platform of the livestream video from the user suspected of a mass shooting on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.Join the conversation about this story »
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Summary List PlacementInstagram is considering giving precious real estate on the app's navigation bar to Shopping...Summary List PlacementInstagram is considering giving precious real estate on the app's navigation bar to Shopping and Reels, the feature made to rival TikTok. The company has started testing out a new layout for the app, Instagram head Adam Mosseri said Wednesday on Twitter. All three options for the horizontal menu would include the addition of two new tabs that would either replace existing icons or get added onto the bar. The new tabs will be for two features Instagram has invested time and change into in 2020. Notably, the format change gives Reels, which was just released globally in August, center stage on the platform. The newly released Reels features are meant to rival the massive success of TikTok's short-form video model, offering users the same music-based, mashed-together clips found on — and often ripped directly from — TikTok. A recent survey from content company Whistle found that 87% of the TikTok users said Reels was "basically the same." Meanwhile, the Shopping tab would serve as a homebase for the app's e-commerce features that allow brands and businesses to sell products on their profiles, which users can buy right from the app. Although these shoppable features have existed since 2018, Instagram loosened restrictions on Shopping in July to allow any user with a business or creator account to turn their profile into profit. Adding the Shopping feature to the home page would allow Instagram to put even more emphasis on its attempts to attract retail business and capitalize on the rich industry of influencers on the platform selling merchandise, artwork, and other products. The emphasis on Reels, however, comes as TikTok's future in the US is threatened and debated. Although it's likely the app will not be banned in the US, the app faces turmoil over its potential buyer and what a sale could mean for the app's coveted "For You" page algorithm. An Instagram spokesperson told Business Insider that the platform will start testing these changes "in the coming weeks globally to a small number of people in our community." We’re starting to test different versions of Instagram’s home screen – when you open the app you’ll soon see a Reels tab and a Shop tab in one of these three layouts. pic.twitter.com/WLmjAwYwFW — Adam Mosseri 😷 (@mosseri) September 9, 2020 SEE ALSO: Walmart, Microsoft, and Oracle are just some of the companies jostling to buy TikTok. Here's who is, who isn't, and why they might want it. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
Graphic footage originally broadcast on Facebook has spread across social network TikTok is battling to remove...Graphic footage originally broadcast on Facebook has spread across social network TikTok is battling to remove a graphic video of a livestreamed suicide, after the footage was uploaded to the service on Sunday night from Facebook, where it was initially broadcast.Although the footage was rapidly taken down from TikTok, users spent much of Monday re-uploading it, initially unchanged, but later incorporated into so-called bait-and-switch videos, which are designed to shock and upset unsuspecting users. Continue reading...