Parents are expressing their anger about how their children were tricked into viewing the horrific video of US Army veteran Ronnie McNutt killing himself live on Facebook – with some saying they’d ban their traumatized kids from using social media until the matter was addressed, according to a report.
The graphic video of the despondent 33-year-old Mississippi man shooting himself in the head on Aug. 31 was removed by Facebook on the day it was posted, but it was widely shared on TikTok, Snapchat and elsewhere by ghoulish trolls.
Some people were tricked into viewing the harrowing footage of the Iraq War vet’s death after the clip was uploaded with false titles like “Look at the pasta I cooked tonight,” The Sun reported.
“I wish I can unsee the video but I cannot unfortunately I can’t and unfortunately it’s permanently in me and my daughter’s minds she is so traumatized from the video she accidentally clicked on a link on Tik Tok,” one parent wrote on Facebook, according to the outlet.
On Twitter, a user wrote that her 15-year-old daughter was sent the video.
“I hate she watched it. My prayers go out to his family & friends. RIP RONNIE #SuicidePrevention,” the parent said, according to the outlet.
Another user wrote: “My pre-teen son just showed me the Ronnie mcnutt video on YouTube. Pls start banning any related content.”
Many users targeted TikTok, where the footage reportedly landed on the popular video-sharing app’s “For You” trending homepage.
“I am deleting TikTok & stopping my children have access until this is rectified,” wrote user @KatAndGirls69.
“If my children saw this they would need counselling, ive not even watched it! How do i stop kids from seeing this.”
And user @0kayaubrey wrote: “My sister is scared to go on tiktok now cause the Ronnie Mcnutt suicide keeps coming up on her fyp…. Why would people even repost that on a app filled with kids,” according to The Sun.
On Tuesday, a TikTok rep said: “Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide.
“We are banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate our community members who’ve reported content and warned others against watching, engaging, or sharing such videos on any platform out of respect for the person and their family,” the spokesperson said.
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Facebook said it has been using automation technology to remove copies and uploads of the video.
“Our thoughts remain with Ronnie’s family and friends during this difficult time,” the social media giant added.
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