TikTok censored all positive LGBT content in countries deemed conservative

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09/28/2019

The social media video app TikTok has been censoring pro-LGBT+ content in some conservative countries, even if homosexuality has never been illegal there. A report by The Guardian revealed that in an attempt to provide locally sensitive moderation, TikTok banned any content that could be seen as positive to LGBT+ people – even same-sex couples holding hands. The app ran several different moderation guidelines, with the “strict” one having an entire section devoted to censoring depictions of homosexuality. In this TikTok went substantially further than required by law. “Intimate activities (holding hands, touching, kissing) between homosexual lovers” were banned, as were “reports of homosexual groups, including news, characters, music, TV show, pictures.” This was applied to countries deemed conservative, including Turkey. Homosexuality has never been illegal there, but Amnesty previously told PinkNews that Turkish LGBT+ people are “living in more fear than ever” – which makes the need for LGBT+ representation particularly important.

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