On Monday, TikTok announced that it was removing a clip of a suicide circulating on its platform and was banning accounts that were repeatedly trying to upload the clip.
The company did not specify the video, but at least two media reports said that videos had been circulating on TikTok since Sunday night.
TikTok said on Twitter that “We’re aware that clips of a suicide that was live-streamed on Facebook have recently circulated on other platforms, including TikTok. Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our Community Guideline.,”
TikTok did not immediately respond to a Reuters request to specify the video clip that it removed.
TikTok has been ordered by President Donald Trump to sell its US operations, has been criticized for its content moderation policy in the past, especially on the circulation of graphic content.
In December, TikTok rolled out a new content moderation infrastructure under which it labeled the videos that were removed by the company with the policy category they violated, it said in its transparency report published in July.