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Hate banned on TikTok: App removes 380,000 videos in US, bans 1,300 accounts

AFP
Published Aug 21, 2020, 5:47 pm IST
Updated Aug 21, 2020, 5:47 pm IST
The short-video app also deleted 64,000 comments for being hateful, the company said.
TikTok US head of safety Eric Han said in a blog post that the app has a zero-tolerance stance against accounts linked to white nationalism, male supremacy, anti-Semitism and other hate-based ideologies. (Photo | Pixabay - iXimus)
 TikTok US head of safety Eric Han said in a blog post that the app has a zero-tolerance stance against accounts linked to white nationalism, male supremacy, anti-Semitism and other hate-based ideologies. (Photo | Pixabay - iXimus)

San Francisco: TikTok on Thursday said it has removed more than 380,000 videos in the US this year as part of a part of a mission to “eliminate hate” on the platform.

TikTok also banned some 1,300 accounts for breaking rules against hateful content or behaviour, and deleted 64,000 comments on similar grounds, according to the video-snippet sharing sensation.

 

“These numbers don’t reflect a 100 percent success rate in catching every piece of hateful content or behavior, but they do indicate our commitment to action,” TikTok US head of safety Eric Han said in a blog post.

“Our goal is to eliminate hate on TikTok.”

Han’s overview of what TikTok is doing to combat hate comes as the app defends itself against what it calls “rumors and misinformation” about its links to the Chinese government.

President Donald Trump has issued executive orders giving TikTok parent ByteDance, which is based in China, deadlines to stop running the app in the US and divest TikTok.

 

“TikTok has never provided any US user data to the Chinese government, nor would it do so if asked,” the company said in a recent post.

“Any insinuation to the contrary is unfounded and blatantly false.”

US user data is stored in this country, with a backup in Singapore, according to TikTok.

Han on Thursday outlined rules and actions being taken to make it more difficult to find threatening, violent, or dehumanising content on TikTok.

TikTok has a zero-tolerance stance against  accounts linked to white nationalism, male supremacy, anti-Semitism and “other hate-based ideologies,” Han added.

 

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