A few days ago, on Monday, August 31 , a man from Mississippi committed suicide by shooting himself with a rifle and posted the whole thing live on his Facebook account.
Apparently the deceased is Ronnie McNutt, a 33-year-old boy. In recent days, video footage of McNutt’s suicide has been shown repeatedly on TikTok as the platform tries to prevent this.
“If you see a guy with beard and glasses, go to the next video”
Many TikTok users come across this horrible video in the “For You” section when opening the application. The video starts in a rather harmless way, in which you see a man with a grey beard sitting at his desk.
This means that if you open TikTok and see a bearded man with glasses sitting in front of his desk, it might be good for your mental health if you stop playing this clip.
In statements to Mashable, a TikTok spokesperson has assured that is working on removing all associated clips from the platform and additionally blocking all accounts that share this platform.
“Our systems have automatically detected and flagged these clips because they violate our policies against content that shows, praises, glorifies or encourages suicide.
“We prohibit accounts that repeatedly attempt to upload clips, and we appreciate those members of our community who have reported the content and warned others not to watch, engage, or share these videos on any platform out of respect for the individual and their family.
TikTok says they will ban anyone who shares the video
Alexis Tangman states in his Twitter profile that was a friend of the deceased and confirms that McNutt committed suicide by shooting himself with a gun during a live event on Facebook (which, along with him, was witnessed by 200 other people). Tangman asks you not to watch the video and to report it:
In another tweet, Tangman criticizes all persons who show the video of his friend committing suicide . He claims that “nobody needs to see it” and asks that “if you have downloaded the video, please delete it.