TikTok warning issued as brutal beheading clip goes viral
Parents are urged to monitor and restrict their children’s internet access after video of a brutal beheading circulated widely on TikTok.
The gruesome clip went viral as it was disguised as a teenage girl dancing to pop songs on the video-sharing site.
The disturbing film begins with a dancing girl, but seconds later it moves on to a bathroom where a gang beheaded a young man.
The violent scene would feature members of a Mexican cartel beheading a 19-year-old man in the city of Guanajuato.
Tik Tok, who is particularly popular with teenagers, has since deleted the video.
A spokesperson said, “The original video was quickly removed and our systems proactively detect and block re-upload attempts to detect malicious behavior before the content could receive views.
“We apologize to members of our community, including our moderators, who may have stumbled upon this content.”
The original post is believed to have bypassed TikTok’s artificial intelligence moderation system by splitting the video – and it was not viewed by a human moderator until it had racked up at least 500 views.
It’s the latest social media scare that exposes the dangers of graphic and inappropriate content that can be found in every corner of the internet.
The Slenderman trend shocked people around the world when two 12-year-old girls attempted to kill another child in Wisconsin in an attempt to copy the fictional character.
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser lured their best friend Payton Leutner into the woods and stabbed her 19 times.
Slenderman is a fictional supernatural character with a featureless white face and head that originated from an internet meme.
Payton recovered from the brutal attack and both perpetrators were found not guilty but admitted to mental health facilities.
Other young people have fallen prey to sexual predators through dangerous challenges.
The Silhouette Challenge, which involves stripping down and striking a sexy pose before applying a special filter, gained popularity earlier this year.
Many teens weren’t aware that filters can be removed by other users, exposing what they’re wearing or not wearing underneath, before posting clips of themselves online.
And the internet is so hard to control that parents sometimes fear their kids will stumble upon horrible characters online who ultimately turn out to be fakes.
Following a flurry of scary stories, some schools have warned parents about the ‘Momo Challenge’ – but fact-checkers say it is a hoax.
The original story said that a character with bulging eyes would “hack” WhatsApp and pose dangerous “challenges” to children such as harming themselves.
Charities said there were no reports of “hacking” but the image ended up being shared on social media to scare children and was found altered into unofficial copies of cartoons for kids, such as Peppa Pig on YouTube.
CyberSafe Kids Education Manager Philip Arneill said: “If parents have come across a video with their children, or been alerted to an inappropriate or disturbing video, it is a good idea to block the video. user who posted it, and also to ensure that you use the functionality of the application or the platform to report this content as inappropriate.
“While there is no guarantee that the video will be removed, reporting it will bring it to the attention of the app or platform and it will certainly be more likely to be reviewed according to their guidelines. community.
“Children and young people, we would always advise them, if they come across disturbing or disturbing content, to turn it off immediately and tell a trusted adult how they felt and how they found out. “
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