TikTok and other social media platforms are also under pressure from US lawmakers and Ukrainian officials to curb Russian misinformation about the war, especially from state-owned media. backers like Russia Today and Sputnik. In response, YouTube said it would block Russia Today and Sputnik in the European Union, while Twitter and Meta, the parent company of Facebook, said they would label content from these channels as state-sponsored.
TikTok has also banned Sputnik and Russia Today in the European Union, but has not labeled these stores as state-sponsored in the countries where they are still present. The app said on Thursday that it was devoting more resources to tracking misleading content about war.
“We continue to respond to the war in Ukraine with safety and security resources to detect emerging threats and remove misinformation,” said Hilary McQuaide, a spokeswoman for TikTok. harmful deviation.
For years, TikTok has largely escaped constant scrutiny of its content. Unlike Facebook, which was founded in 2004, and YouTube, which was founded in 2005, TikTok has only been widely used in the past 5 years. Owned by China’s ByteDance, the app is designed to make creating and sharing 1- to 3-minute videos easy. It is famous as a destination for addictive, silly and funny videos, especially among young users.
This app has resolved some of the controversies in the past. It has faced questions about harmful fads appearing on its platform, as well as whether it allows underage users and adequately protects their privacy.
But the war in Ukraine has replaced the problems facing TikTok, which has more than a billion users globally.
According to The Times, the amount of war content on this app far exceeds what is found on some other social networks. Videos with the hashtag #Ukrainewar have racked up nearly 500 million views on TikTok, with some of the most popular gaining close to a million likes. In contrast, the #Ukrainewar hashtag on Instagram has 125,000 posts and the most popular videos have been viewed tens of thousands of times.