Ronnie McNutt, a 33-year-old man from Mississippi, streamed his suicide live on social media, creating a now-viral video that has been causing trauma to those who come across it. The disturbing incident was broadcasted on both Facebook and TikTok and has been shared by numerous users, some of whom were unaware of the video's content prior to watching it.
1. Social Media Companies Are Scrambling To Get The Video Down
Nonetheless, they are facing criticism from many who believe they did not take prompt action to remove the video from their platforms, allowing it to be widely shared and viewed by unsuspecting individuals.
2. People Keep Reuploading It Every Time It Gets Deleted
It is questionable why anyone would have an interest in witnessing a man's gruesome suicide, yet both TikTok and Facebook have reportedly been grappling with users re-uploading the video of Ronnie McNutt's death every time it is removed from their platforms.
3. The Video Even Appeared On TikTok's "ForYou" Trending Page
This further complicated the situation for users attempting to steer clear of the video, given that the thumbnail only displays a man seated at a desk conversing on the phone. "I was scrolling TikTok and suddenly there's a video of a guy that killed themselves with a shotgun and I am seriously warning you DO NOT watch it DO NOT SEARCH FOR IT because it's very terrifying and gory so pls BE CAREFUL god damn I'm shaking," one person remarked. Another suggested on Twitter that people " stay away from TikTok for a while."
4. TikTok Insists They're Doing All They Can To Remove The Clip
"On Sunday night, clips of a suicide that had been livestreamed on Facebook circulated on other platforms, including TikTok," as spokesperson for the company said in a statement. "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." They proceeded to offer support for individuals grappling with suicidal ideation by directing them to hotlines promoted within the application.
5. Ronnie McNutt Was Described As "caring And Loyal" By Those Who Knew Him
Following the video's depiction of Ronnie McNutt taking his own life at his home desk on August 31st, his friends inundated his Facebook timeline with expressions of their anguish. "Please say a prayer right now for the family of Ronnie McNutt. He just killed himself live on FB and I cannot unsee this," one person wrote. "I tried but apparently it wasn't quick enough to reach him. I wasn't quick enough. Dear God I wish I could have gotten to him."
6. It's Unclear What Led Ronnie McNutt To End His Life
It is believed that Ronnie McNutt had experienced recent job loss and a breakup with his girlfriend, although the exact cause of his suicide remains unknown. Regardless of the reasons, the tragic outcome could have been prevented. McNutt, a former Army veteran who served in Iraq and was employed at a Toyota plant in New Albany, deserves to rest in peace.