Making TikTok Videos Turning Fatal in India – the funny video making to go viral and get fame is unfortunately causing some deaths.
TikTok is a social media app for creating and sharing short lip-sync, comedy and talent videos. Chinese internet technology company ByteDance launched TikTok in 2017 for markets outside China and it became very popular worldwide. On the down side, the social media app is causing some deaths in India. Here we examine some such unfortunate incidents and present you necessary caution for your safety.
Soon after its introduction to worldwide markets, the video-sharing platform TikTok generated a number of viral trends and internet celebrities. Note, Musical.ly app – similar to TikTok – was shut down in Aug 2018 transferring millions of its users to TikTok. Users began liking to make various TikTok videos and the rage also brought in social influence. On the flip side, many users got addicted to making TikTok videos seeking validation on social media. To get viral fame by making such short videos, some users are going to the extent of taking risks and endangering their own lives. In those attempts, unfortunately, India has also witnessed few deaths.
Cases of TikTok Deaths in India
In Feb. 2019, three college students tripling on a motorbike were recording their joy ride in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur. They lost balance while speeding and rammed into a Bus. The three friends met severe injuries and one of them died in hospital. In April 2019, a 19-year-old boy in Delhi was accidentally shot by his friend in the cheek while trying to make a TikTok video. Again in June 2019, a 24-year old mother of two children committed suicide on video in Tamil Nadu after her husband scolded her for TikTok addiction. The woman drank poison on video and sent it to her husband through WhatsApp. This incident drew massive criticism online. In the same month, a 17-year-old boy in Ahmednagar of Maharashtra was accidentally shot dead with a country-made pistol while shooting TikTok video. One of his relatives holding the pistol pressed the trigger accidentally.
More Serious Deaths
In June 2019 again, a 12-year-old boy from Kota, Rajasthan hung himself in bathroom wearing mangalsutra and bangles. Apparently, he was trying to make video for a TikTok challenge before choking himself to death. In late July 2019, an 18-year-old boy in Bihar died making a TikTok video. The boy trying to record a stunt was running parallel to a moving train. He lost his balance and hit the moving train before succumbing to his injuries in a hospital.