TikTok admits censoring LGBT was wrong


The administrators of the social media service TikTok were forced to admit that banning LGBT-related content was not right and it did not help to tacle cyberbullying as it was initially planned. 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. The company had a blanket rule for users with disabilities, which meant that their accounts could not be seen anywhere beside their home country. For specific people considered especially “vulnerable”, the implications were more extreme. A spokesperson for TikTok told the German site that the rules were created “at the beginning”, and that they had now been replaced, because first of all the administrators realized it was a wrong way and second of all the policy was never planned as permanent


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