WARNING: Some readers may find details in this article distressing.
Parents have been urged to keep their children offline today following reports of a disturbing video making the rounds on social media.
Footage is of a person taking their life has been uploaded online and is being streamed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok.
The video is described as “extremely graphic”.
It appears the video has existed on social media for days, but now the platforms are struggling to delete it permanently as it is constantly being reposted and hidden in other videos
The warning to keep kids off social media only emerged in Australia on Tuesday.
Tik Tok said it was desperately working to remove the footage from its network.
“We’re aware that clips of a suicide that was livestreamed on Facebook have recently circulated on other platforms, including TikTok,” the company said.
“Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our Community Guidelines.
The statement said the company was also banning accounts that attempted to share the clips.
“We’re removing content & banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate our community members who’ve reported content & warned others against watching, engaging, or sharing such videos on any platform out of respect for the individual & their loved ones,” Tik Tok said.
If you or someone you know is in need of crisis support, phone Lifeline 13 11 14.