TikTok admits it censored LGBT users in ‘wrong’ attempt to tackle online bullying

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12/04/2019

Documents obtained by the German site netzpolitik.org from an anonymous source at the Chinese-owned company showed that accounts and posts from LGBT+ people, body positive advocates and people with disabilities were being limited in their reach, regardless of content. The section in the moderate rules was titled: “Imagery depicting a subject highly vulnerable to cyberbullying.” It defines these “vulnerable” people as “susceptible to harassment or cyberbullying based on their physical or mental condition”. The company had a blanket rule for users with disabilities, which meant that their accounts were marked as “risk 4” and were only visible in their home countries. For specific people considered especially “vulnerable”, the implications were more extreme.

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