With the presidential elections of United States around the corner there are more and more social networks that have stepped up their content moderation policies to curb the proliferation of hate. This Wednesday, TikTok has announced that it will harden its position, banning hate messages such as neo-Nazism and the white supremacism, a growing threat around the world.
Although the Chinese social platform already had policies to block hate speech, it has now specified in more detail what type of content will fall into that category and therefore will be removed. In addition to white supremacism and neo-Nazism, TikTok will limit racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, homophobic or identity messages, the ultra-nationalist current with which it was linked to Brenton Tarrant, he fascist terrorist who killed 51 people in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
As noted in a statement, TikTok “will not allow & rdquor; contents such as the negation of Holocaust -Something that Facebook and Twitter also banned last week–, the diffusion of disinformation and “hurtful stereotypes & rdquor; on religious communities such as Jewish or Muslim and will also pursue attacks on the LGTBQ + community, specifically messages that promote so-called conversion theories.
The announcement comes shortly after TikTok has joined the European Commission (EC) Code of Conduct to prevent the spread of hateful messages, which have also found a way to normalize on the platform. In August, the US Anti-Defamation League reported that TikTok users were using the codes 2316 and 88 (initials of the phrases’ White Power ‘and’hail Hitler‘) to camouflage your messages. “We will stop the diffusion of language and symbols that can normalize both speech and violent behavior or that can incite hatred & rdquor ;, they explain.
Although there have been no specific cases, the company has assured that “will educate & rdquor; to their teams to “understand the contexts & rdquor; and know how to apply the moderation policy without “deleting content by mistake & rdquor ;. Likewise, TikTok wants to be more transparent in the application of this regulation and will communicate why certain content has been prohibited to those affected, who may request a review.
Since the end of 2019, TikTok has already asked its moderators to remove “content that represents the stereotype of a protected or identifiable group,” according to Business Insider.