Clip of Beheading Goes Viral on TikTok After ‘Tricking’ AI Moderation System

TikTok, which is hugely popular among teenagers, doesn’t allow “gratuitously shocking, graphic, sadistic, or gruesome” content that promotes violence – and the platform’s AI moderation system is usually capable of detecting videos containing any of the above.

Shocked TikTok users are sending out warnings across social media after a sickening “beheading” video bypassed the video sharing app’s security. 

The now-banned clip, originally shared by a user called @mayenggo3, starts with a girl wearing a black tank top and white shorts dancing to a song by American rapper Doja Cat. The video then suddenly cuts to a terrifying scene showing Spanish-speaking men decapitating someone in a bloody bathroom.

@mayenggo3’s account has been taking down following outrage from users, while the identities of those in the video remain unverified.