Social media has completely taken over the world.
If it's not Facebook, it's Instagram. And if it's not Instagram, it's Twitter. The possibilities of social media are endless, but so are the totally pointless traits that modern-day technology holds.
TikTok - the video-making app that allows users to create short videos that very quickly go viral - is one of them.
But one TikTok video is going viral - for all the wrong reasons.
A recent dangerous TikTok trend has emerged.
via: FacebookAnd parents, in particular, are feeling worried.
It involves the sharing of a supremely distressing video.
via: FacebookContaining extremely disturbing footage that has somehow infiltrated the popular platform.
And to make things even more disturbing?
via: FacebookThe video is appearing on many people's "For You" page.
It's understandably upsetting.
via: FacebookBut what's even more frightening is that it seems as though the video is hard to avoid.
It has started the beginning of a very dark trend.
via: FacebookAnd in response, TikTok have now been forced to make a statement...
TikTok is absolutely taking over the world.It's pretty unlikely that you'll see a teenager who isn't obsessed with the social media platform.
It's not just teenagers who are obsessed with social media...
via: Getty ImagesThe majority of us adults are too, with us posting every inch of our lives on these apps and communicating with others through them solely.
A lot of social media apps provide many purposes...
via: ShutterstockPeople can actually earn a living through social media, such as selling things on Instagram or starting a business through Twitter.
But there are some apps that aren't so productive...And TikTok is one of them!
A lot of people are struggling to understand exactly what TikTok is...Basically, it is an iOS and Android app made for creating and sharing short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos.
It went viral pretty quick ...It was the world's fourth most downloaded app in 2018, beating Instagram and Snapchat - which is a pretty big achievement!
It has been argued that TikTok is better than Vine...Who remembers Vine? Launched in 2012, Vine was a short-form video hosting service that allowed users to share 6-second-long looping video clips.
TikTok videos look a little something like this...
I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS LMAO https://t.co/v1G9OjFpU2— andrea (@andrea)1546294908.0
Animals and TikTok are the best combination.
I have been CACKLING at this video for the past FIFTEEN MINUTES I am CRYING https://t.co/F37ctM1rz1— Thee Queen Garbage // ACAB (@Thee Queen Garbage // ACAB)1540180713.0
The rise of superstars...
Some are just plain weird...
TikTok has exploded in popularity recently.
I swear to god if your sharing that distressing video around, esp on #tiktok, you have a special place waiting for… https://t.co/V40w7MTGvV— Larzx0x (@Larzx0x)1599540027.0
Good morning, We have been made aware of a distressing and disturbing video circulating TikTok. Please be vigilant… https://t.co/tNdD1ioshl— Arundel Court Primary Academy (@Arundel Court Primary Academy)1599548039.0
for real consider staying off tiktok & make sure your autoplay is off on all platforms for a few days, at least. /… https://t.co/naSFAg5Rjv— Kayla 💐 local florist (@Kayla 💐 local florist)1599514768.0
@GNET_research @rachael_falk @KatjaTheo Yeah son's school sent out email this afternoon "Important information for… https://t.co/hZbSx0dZnS— Mark Flynn (@Mark Flynn)1599543271.0
We are aware of a video circulating on #tiktok which is both graphic and distressing. We have posted the following… https://t.co/aBMPO1kJvT— Camhs Dorset Online (@Camhs Dorset Online)1599554209.0
If you See a video on Tiktok of a man sitting at a streaming set up, I urge you to keep scrolling, as it’s very dis… https://t.co/YrGPDd8FPT— Luke (@Luke)1599512778.0
that was the most disturbing thing i’ve ever witnessed, if you have younger siblings that are on tiktok, please hop… https://t.co/evU6CcK9z1— lex🦕 (@lex🦕)1599491044.0
i just,, saw a very disturbing and disgusting video tiktok brought up on my fyp. the more i rethink about what just… https://t.co/bYAwbbc84q— lin 🫁 (@lin 🫁)1599422825.0
Now TikTok has spoken out on the disturbing trend.
via: Shutterstock"Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies."
"We are banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips."
via: Shutterstock"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."
Child safety advocate Susan McLean warned, "please ensure you do not allow your older teens on the app today if they have it."
via: Shutterstock"Check in with your kids today. They most likely will know about it." We hope this problem can get solved as soon as possible. For more on dangerous Tik Tok challenges, scroll on for a mother's warning about the trend that left her son hospitalized...