Parents are being warned that a gruesome video is circulating on the popular app TikTok.
One concerned member of the public contacted Devon Live to raise awareness of the video, which shows a man taking his own life with a gun.
“Lots of kids use the TikTok app and maybe worth just to warn them,” said the Devon resident.
TikTok is reportedly trying to remove the graphic videos and is banning accounts that re-upload the clip.
Some TikTok users have reported that the video has also been hidden inside other innocuous looking videos.
A TikTok representative told website The Verge that “clips of a suicide” started circulating on Sunday night and had first been shared on Facebook.
“Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide,” the spokesperson said.
“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 Center.”
Do you need someone to talk to?
There are a range of local and national organisations which can provide emotional support over the telephone or internet.
The Samaritans – 116 123
You can contact The Samaritans who are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year by phone as well as by email, text and post.
Telephone: Free of charge from landline or mobile: 116 123
SANE – 0845 767 8000
SANE offers support to anyone coping with mental illness, including concerned relatives or friends.
The SANE helpline is available 7 days a week from 6pm – 11pm.
Papyrus are the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide and they provide:
HOPElineUK – 0800 068 4141
This is a specialist telephone helpline for children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35. Call Hopeline if you have concerns about suicide either for yourself or for someone else. Alternatively visit their website at https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Text: 07786 209 697
CALM – 0800 58 58 58
Specifically for men, this service is open 7 days a week, from 5pm to midnight.
STAY ALIVE APP
The Stay Alive app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis.