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What is TikTok’s timer challenge and how to report the dangerous viral trend?

TikTok’s timer challenge has been taking over the platform once again and with the dangerous trend becoming popular we urge you to report it immediately….

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TikTok’s timer challenge has been taking over the platform once again and with the dangerous trend becoming popular we urge you to report it immediately.

Trends on TikTok tend to go viral within a couple of months if large numbers of people interact and engage with the content. This also becomes a frightening experience when the content involved happens to be problematic or dangerous.

The timer challenge happens to be one of them with many users jumping on the trend.

WARNING: Content of a disturbing nature ahead

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What is the timer challenge?

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In the timer challenge, the user starts by setting up a timer on their phone. There may also be captions on the screen such as “let’s see who cares.” The timer is used, as a fictional sense only, to denote the time they have left to live. The user creates the timer, and in no way can it determine this feature.

In a cry for help, some users may also upload upsetting messages on the video. The messages could leave many people distressed on the platform. The disturbing aim of the game is to get someone to reach out after seeing the video or message to ‘prove they care’. However, this is not a positive nor definitive process of reaching this result by any means.

Meanwhile, there are others who have been pushing others to try out this challenge to see if someone really cares about them and gets back to them.

We ask you to report any video that might be encouraging others to try this trend out.

How to report content on TikTok

If you come across a video that has been promoting the timer challenge we ask you to report it immediately by following the steps mentioned below:

Click on the white arrow to the right of the video.Tap the icon that says ‘report’ with a flag symbol.Tap ‘suicide, self-harm and dangerous acts’ and report the content.

If you receive any message relating to the challenge, please do not interact with them and report the accounts immediately.

If you wish to report an account on TikTok, follow the steps mentioned below:

Go to the person’s profile.Tap the 3-dot icon in the top right.Select Report and choose report account

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How to reach out for support

If you are affected by any issues raised in the article or would like someone to speak to, please call the Samaritans for free on 116 123. You can also email them at jo@samaritans.org or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch in the UK. In the US, please visit Samaritans USA for more information.

You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to get in touch with the Crisis Text Line. Americans can now call or text 988 to reach out and speak to a counsellor.
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