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The video has been circulating since Sunday evening, a TikTok representative explained to The Verge. Initially broadcast live on Facebook and then quickly went viral, especially on the Chinese platform, the clip seconds shows a bearded man shooting himself a bullet in the head . Unbearable images that continue to circulate within the Chinese social network. Faced with the macabre success of the video, TikTok recently announced that massive banning measures had been taken against users who would participate in its distribution, while thanking the community for reporting the content.
Because if TikTok seems to have quickly taken measures to counter this delicate situation, it is above all thanks to its community that the platform has managed to limit the damage. In addition to the numerous reports, several warning messages were also widely disseminated on social networks, encouraging its young users not to view the images in question.
An algorithm unsuitable for young people ?
On TikTok , 20% of users are between 10 and 19 years old according to an Ape App Lab study in 2019. In France, 45.7% of those under 13 are say they use the platform on a daily basis (Agence Heaven #BornSocial 2018-2019 study). A very young audience, who often find themselves confronted with videos unsuitable for their age. Even if the platform claims to struggle dailyagainst hypersexualized and violent content , trends remain centralized on a single page, with no real possibility of filtering.