TIKTOK’s new safety rules seem to be running into teething troubles.
The new guidelines are designed to block dangerous content but, according to fan complaints, lead to unwarranted user bans.
The popular video-sharing platform is breaking a bunch of behavior under new safety guidelines that go into effect today.
Among other misconduct, the rules aim to reduce the prevalence of pornography, hate speech and dangerous challenges on the platform.
However, users say that the video-sharing platform’s moderation algorithms have become a factor in user satisfaction.
On social media, they are sharing images of seemingly innocuous posts that have been taken down by TikTok since the rule change.
One Twitter user wrote: “Wow, I’ll never stop complaining about
TikTok’s Community Guidelines. How does hashtag #covidisnotover violate community guidelines?? “
One popular comic on the platform shared an image of her feed – apparently missing a video or two – and wrote: “I guess my impression of the coyote is a violation of the guidelines.” community on TikTok”.
And, sharing a clip of a woman in a bikini dancing, a third wrote: “This has been taken down from TikTok. Thank goodness we have community guidelines that I’ve taken down. missed time”.
It’s unclear if TikTok plans to soften the way it enforces the new policy, which is ultimately designed to make the platform more secure.
TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
TikTok announced controversial changes to its community guidelines last month.
The move shows that the platform reinforces the rules around online challenges, promoting eating disorders and hate ideology.
As part of the update, TikTok said its rules will now more clearly note the risk of dangerous and challenging behaviors, such as suicide prank content.
New videos by notable creators on the platform will urge others to “stop, think, decide, and act” when evaluating videos they watch.
The company says its rules for eating disorder content have also been beefed up and will now ban ads for eating disorders.
A further change will make the site more explicit about hate ideologies being banned from the platform, including misdirection or ideological misinformation.
“We’ve made important strides to improve our policies and enforcement … although we recognize that there’s no end to when it comes to keeping people safe.” , TikTok’s Head of Trust and Safety, Cormac Keenan, said.
“We’re driven by our passion to help people have a good and enriching experience on TikTok.”
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