Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

TikTok drops ‘blunt’ cyberbullying policy

TikTok drops ‘blunt’ cyberbullying policy

According to the German digital rights site "Netzplitik" TikTok's practice of downranking, moderating and prioritizing the contents has been questionable.

The moderation policy, outlined in documents obtained by Netzpolitik, was meant to protect users who were deemed to be "susceptible to harassment or cyberbullying based on their physical or mental condition" by limiting who could see their uploads, TikTok said. Netzpolitik.org reported that videos of LGBTQ and overweight people were also placed on a list of "special users" that limited their reach.

Guidelines for users who this might apply to include people with Down Syndrome, autism of facial disfigurements. CFIUS could force ByteDance to divest TikTok's US operations if it found the transaction to pose a national-security threat. A spokesperson for the company also told The Verge that, "Early on, in response to an increase in bullying on the app, we implemented a blunt and temporary policy".

TikTok has repeatedly said that the Chinese government has no access to the company's user information, because the social media giant reportedly stores US user data in Virginia, with some backup in Singapore.

"This was never created to be a long-term solution, and while the intention was good, it became clear that the approach was wrong".

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She filed the suit on behalf of the approximately 110 million USA residents who have downloaded the app. TikTok did not immediately reply to AFP's request for response.

Months later, however, she realized that an account had been made for her without her knowledge or consent, and that the five or six videos she'd made none of which she'd saved or posted - had allegedly been transferred to Chinese servers, some of which were controlled by third parties that worked with the Chinese government.

On Wednesday, TikTok said it wanted to "clarify" and apologize for human error in removing the video. Reportedly, American users of the app have come forward with numerous allegations regarding its recent censorship misconduct as well.

This comes days after the Chinese short-video making platform apologised and restored the account of a U.S. teenager, which was blocked after she posted a video criticising the Chinese government over its treatment of Uighur Muslims.

The suit contends that previous versions of TikTok's privacy policies explicitly state that the app might send user data to servers in China, but that even after the policy changed, TikTok still delivered the information to Chinese-based servers.

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