TikTok prevented disabled users’ videos from going viral

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The site's source, who was not named, said the rules came from bosses based in Beijing who did not appear to listen to complaints that the moderation policy was insensitive or discriminatory.

Chinese short video-sharing app TikTok has acknowledged that content produced by disabled users was deliberately suppressed by the firm's moderators in a bid to prevent these users from becoming victims of bullying, the media reported.

The German tech blog Netzpolitik first reported on the moderation policy on Monday, saying the company on some occasions hid videos made by users considered "susceptible to harassment or cyberbullying based on their physical or mental condition".

The Chinese version of TikTok is under scanner by the US Government which has observed an additional feature in the app which allows the Chinese users to upload the image of an American citizen and find all the data concerned.

Earlier this year, the United States government opened a national security investigation into ByteDance's acquisition of social media app Musical.ly, which has since been rebranded as TikTok.


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.

She added: "This approach was never meant to be a long-term solution and although we had a good intention, we realised that it was not the right approach".

A class-action lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by college student Misty Hong against TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance.

She alleges that months later TikTok had created an account for her on the app and "surreptitiously" took draft videos that she had created but not published on the app. TikTok, which reportedly has more than 1 billion active users, has come under scrutiny by USA politicians who recently launched a national security review into the company over its $1 billion purchase of the lip-sync video platform Musical.ly back in 2017. USA lawmakers have been concerned about how TikTok stores the personal data of some 26.5 million American users and notes that that the app may also be censoring politically-sensitive content. The video criticized the Chinese government's treatment of Uighur Muslims in China's western autonomous region of Xinjiang.

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