TikTok is now considered fun and playful corner of the internet. Owned by ByteDance Ltd. it has now turned into a global sensation.
And this one of the social media platforms has broken out with images of U.S. protesters against racism, even after Trump signed an order to reform the police.
There has been an extremely popular clip on this video-sharing app. The clip shows police snipers at the police station in Minneapolis pointing their guns at the demonstrators of the black lives matters. In addition, the clip demonstrators can be seen fighting tear gas, siren fire and helicopters also fly over them.
The clip, with its hashtag #BlackivesMatter, became one of the most viewed clips on the platform, drawing more than 43 million views. Its popularity even shocked creator Kareem Rahman, a 33-year-old comedian who said he wasn’t an activist. He added that he only joined TikTok for fun, but it was necessary to show people when Minneapolis was turning into a war zone.
The app has been downloaded over 2 billion times worldwide. It is said to be a competitor to other social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit due to its positioning as an entertaining, playful corner of the Internet.
TikTok’s decision to take a different course was deliberate. Many American technology companies have preached a touch of freedom of speech absolutism since their inception and only compromised when difficult questions about moderating content became PR disasters. TikTok is different. It was regularly practiced to remove posts that did not fit his carefully crafted, carefree image, or to reduce their views even if they were no longer there.
Some of the company’s early content moderation guidelines restricted the reach of posts from overweight, queer, or discontinued users, according to reports released by The Guardian. In one policy, highly controversial issues such as self-rule or ethnic conflict were prohibited. TikTok has announced plans to discontinue these practices.
TikTok has continued to be accused of its content decisions being in line with the priorities of the Chinese government. Videos were made relating to democracy-friendly protests in Hong Kong, the abuse of Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China, and row on the Indian-Chinese border. Last year, a ByteDance spokesman Bloomberg said that TikTok had not removed videos of protests in Hong Kong for political purposes. Instead, they may have been taken it down for violating policies related to violent, shocking, or sensational content.
That doesn’t seem to be that important anymore. The platform has broken out with images of nationwide protests in videos showing tear gas, police with guns, racist material, and explicitly laced songs denounced by President Trump. Videos with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter exceeded 10 billion views.
TikTok, just like other social media platforms, faces concern about whether it will consistently enforce its own guidelines. Joseph Searing, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University who deals with content moderation, said the clips violate the community guidelines set by TikTok.
Archie Fowler was born and raised in Cleveland. As a Reporter, Archie has contributed to several online publications including City Visitor Publications and Quantum Grafix. In regards to academics, Archie has got a Post Graduation Degree in Department Of Business from Cleveland State University. As a Reporter for Chroniclex Archie Covers World Topics.