Ronnie McNutt's Facebook Live Suicide
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Ronnie McNutt's Facebook Live Suicide refers to a Facebook livestream recorded by 33-year-old Army veteran Ronnie McNutt in which he took his own life. According to news reports, the video widely circulated on TikTok and was edited into various clips presented on the "For You" page for some users.
On August 31st, 2020, McNutt committed suicide while streaming on Facebook Live. Immediately prior to the video, McNutt shared the following message on his Facebook feed:
Someone in your life needs to hear that they matter. That they are loved. That they have a future. Be the one to tell them.
On September 3rd, Brazilian YouTuber CF KING uploaded a video discussing the suicide, which gathered upwards of 313,000 views over the next week (shown below).
On September 7th, The Verge reported that the TikTok platform was being inundated with clips from the suicide video and that the company was "racing to stop the spread."
On September 8th, The Daily Dot published a statement from TikTok addressing the controversy:
"Our systems, together with our moderation teams, have been detecting and removing these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide."
News Media Coverage
Articles about the suicide were published on a number of news sites, including Business Insider, Heavy and New York Post.
 The Verge – TikTok is racing to stop the spread of a gruesome video
 The Daily Dot – Horrific video of mans suicide inserted into TikTok clips to bait unsuspecting viewers
 Business Insider – TikToks struggles to delete a video of an apparent suicide show its powerful algorithm can spread pernicious content fast
 Heavy – Ronnie McNutts Friend Says Facebook Didn’t Do Enough to Stop Suicide Livestream
 NYPost – Army veteran Ronnie McNutt shared final heartbreaking message before suicide
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Sep 09, 2020 at 10:27AM EDT
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