PARENTS are warned to beware after a terrifying new TikTok trend has kids screaming in fear.
A gruesome fad has swept the internet showing how a horrifying ‘ghost filter’ appears over children’s shoulders as their parents leave them captive.
The creepy trend has seen a wave of complaints land on TikTok amid calls to remove the filter from the app.
But some parents seem to revel in the horror, as adults often leave the room while the ghost looms insistently in the background.
This leaves their children screaming and trying to escape while the videos go viral online.
Attempts to grab TikTok’s attention have been met with comments slamming the cruel craze.
One user said “Not funny!”
Another commented, “This is a ridiculous trend!”
Another slammed the poster and said: “This is so wrong bad parenting 101. You scared your kid for what? views?”
Northern Ireland Councilor Jason Barr is one of the activists trying to end the filter’s reign of terror.
He wrote to TikTok to demand that the filter be removed from the app.
The city council said so Live in Belfast: “Some kids are petrified by this filter and so I contacted the platform to have it removed.
“Some people might find this funny, but I can assure you it’s not funny when a child runs out of a room screaming after seeing something like this.
“This morning I wrote to TikTok regarding the filter containing a ghost figure used to scare children.
“I find it really alarming that people scare children like this and leave them screaming in a locked room.
“It can have a lasting impact on them.
“Please do not use this filter to scare your own children. It’s just not normal and definitely not funny in any way.”
Users of the popular app can now find hundreds of clips of kids getting spooked by the trend by searching the #Ghostfilter hashtag.
The social media company said in a statement: “The safety and well-being of our community is our priority, which is why we are banning and removing content that encourages abuse and bullying of minors.
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