TikTok Under Fire After Suppressing Videos of Those ‘Susceptible to Bullying’.
TikTok recently admitted to suppressing the reach of content created by individuals they deemed “vulnerable.”.
This includes people with disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism, as well as people with facial disfigurement.
Users who categorize themselves as “fat and self-confident” or LGBTQ were also found to have suppressed content.
As reported by Netzpolitik, TikTok instructed their moderators to add flags to accounts they believed were “susceptible to bullying.”.
These flags prevented a user’s content from being viewed outside of their own country, as well as from appearing in other users’ feeds.
According to a TikTok representative, the flagging system was created with good intentions but was never intended to be a “long-term solution.”.
While the intention was good, the approach was wrong and we have long since changed the earlier policy in favor of more nuanced anti-bullying policies and in-app protections, TikTok, via Netzpolitik .
Despite their statement, the rules defining this content suppression system were still in place as recently as September 2019.