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Tiktok Tries To Stop Suicide Video From Spreading

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TikTok is warning users to be on the lookout for videos of a man killing himself that are spreading on the social media platform.

The suicide video has been circulating on the app since at least Sunday night, TikTok spokesperson Hilary McQuaide told BuzzFeed News.

“Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide,” she said.

“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 video is from a Facebook Live recording that a Mississippi man made last week of him killing himself.

Trolls are also inserting sections from the video into other seemingly harmless clips in an effort to trick people into watching it.

Some users on TikTok have been filming videos warning others of the footage by showing them a screenshot (a bearded man sitting at a desk) to know what to be on the lookout for.

Unlike other apps where users must subscribe to or befriend others to see their content, TikTok users frequently encounter videos from people they do not follow via their For You pages.

The efforts by TikTok to remove the video were first reported Sunday by the Verge.

This is by no means the first suicide to be aired on Facebook. In 2017, BuzzFeed News found at least 45 instances of violence — suicides, shootings, murders, torture, and child abuse — that were streamed via Facebook Live since it first launched in December 2015.

Facebook now uses artificial intelligence to identify posts from users indicating thoughts of suicide or self-harm.

In the past, websites like Reddit have also come under fire for not acting quickly enough to remove videos of suicide or other violent acts.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org. You can also text TALK to 741741 for free, anonymous 24/7 crisis support in the US from the Crisis Text Line.

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Hong Kong book closed early due to strong demand

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The Ant Group Co. logo is displayed at the company’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

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GUANGZHOU, China — Ant Group will close its Hong Kong institutional book building process a day earlier than expected due to strong demand for its record initial public offering (IPO), a person familiar with the matter told CNBC.

The Chinese financial technology giant is carrying out a dual listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong, issuing an equal number of new shares in each location.

Ant Group’s listing will raise a total of just under $34.5 billion, making it the biggest IPO of all time. The Hong Kong portion will raise around $17.24 billion, before a so-called overallotment option is exercised.

Of the Hong Kong shares issued, 97.5% will go to institutional investors.

According to the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly, the book building will now close at 5 p.m. Hong Kong time on Wednesday, instead of Thursday at 5 p.m. as expected.

A book building process is a period during which investors indicate their interest in an IPO, and submit the number of shares and price they want to subscribe to. If demand is high, the book can be closed early.

Ant Group declined to comment when contacted by CNBC.

Ant Group priced its Shanghai-listed shares at 68.8 yuan each and its Hong Kong shares at 80 Hong Kong dollars.

The company’s Hong Kong shares are slated to begin trading on Nov. 5 with the Shanghai portion expected at the same time.


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Uber and Lyft spending big on Facebook ads for Yes on 22 in California

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