TikTok removes 380,000 videos in US for hate speech


TikTok has eliminated over 380,000 movies in the United States for violating its hate speech coverage up to now this season, the short-form video app has said.

TikTok stated in a blog post that it had acted on articles such as race-based harassment and it had a zero-tolerance policy on organised hate groups and on articles which denied “violent tragedies” such as the Holocaust or slavery.

The program, which is hugely popular among teens, is famous for dance and lip-syncing patterns and viral challenges, but a review by the Anti-Defamation League earlier this month stated that the platform has been used to disperse white supremacist and anti-Semitic hate speech.

TikTok, that has been under scrutiny over its content moderation practices, in March named the first members of a content advisory council, to provide guidance on its policies and assess the business’s actions.

US President Donald Trump also ordered ByteDance last week to divest TikTok’s US operations within 90 days, in the most recent attempt to ramp up pressure on the Chinese business over concerns about the protection of their personal data it manages. US officials have voiced concerns that advice on users could be passed on to China’s government.

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TikTok has stated that it has never supplied user information to China and that it wouldn’t do so if requested.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru and Elizabeth Culliford in London. Editing by Shinjini Ganguli and Marguerita Choy.

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