TikTok removes nearly 350K videos over misinformation

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TikTok has removed nearly 350,000 videos from its platform for violating the app’s rules on misinformation. And we just thought that its users were comparing their best performances of the Renegade.

In a transparency report covering content from the second half of last year, the service announced it has junked videos for (amongst other things) spreading disinformation (read:lies) about numerous topics including (but not limited to) the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration and whether there is life on Mars (Okay, we made that last one up).

TikTok under the hammer

While TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the world, it has come under rather understandable scrutiny over its alleged ties to the Chinese government.

After all, it’s an app. It’s free. When the app is free, you (and your data) are the product. Remember? Certain people don’t like the idea that the Chinese government might know exactly what sort of music you’re most likely to dance to.

After the Trump administration lowered the hammer on TikTok, Microsoft and Oracle were bidding for ownership of the company from ByteDance, a Chinese firm.

Maybe its recent disinformation-busting activity is a strategy aimed at making it more user-friendly to parties in the West. Well, beyond those doing the Renegade.

Source: [The Verge]

 

 

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