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TikTok plans to do more to tackle hateful content after reports say it has a ‘Nazi downside’

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LONDON — Social media app TikTok has pledged to do more to tackle hateful content and habits on its platform following reports that it has a Nazi downside and a White supremacy downside.

In a weblog put up Wednesday, TikTok mentioned it will clamp down on coded language and symbols that some customers undertake to attempt to unfold hateful speech. While TikTok already tries to take away hate speech and hateful ideologies like neo-Nazism and white supremacy, it now plans to take away content round neighboring ideologies similar to White nationalism and White genocide idea.

The firm additionally mentioned it will take away statements which have their origins in these ideologies, in addition to content linked to actions like “Identitarianism” and male supremacy.

Like Facebook and Twitter, TikTok has already banned content on its platform that denies the Holocaust and different violent tragedies. However, it mentioned it is taking additional motion to take away misinformation and hurtful stereotypes about Jewish, Muslim and different communities. That contains misinformation about well-known Jewish individuals and households who’re used as proxies to unfold anti-Semitism.

In July, the BBC discovered that TikTok’s algorithm had promoted an anti-Semitic demise camp meme. The firm eliminated a assortment of movies, which obtained 6.5 million views, with a “sickening” anti-Semitic track.

Content that promotes conversion remedy or the concept that nobody is born LGBTQ+ may also be eliminated, TikTok mentioned.

Danny Stone, chief government of the Antisemitism Policy Trust, mentioned in a assertion: “TikTok has a large, and growing audience and an equally big responsibility that those using its platform not be served up hate materials.”

“We are therefore pleased that the company is seeking to deepen its understanding and broaden its policies against antisemitism and other forms of racism and welcome the changes being announced today.”

TikTok has over 10,000 individuals worldwide working in belief and security, with lots of them reviewing and moderating content uploaded to its platform. It additionally makes use of algorithms to flag and take away offending content.

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