TikTok tore down 347,000+ movies containing election misinformation in 2020
TikTok stated Wednesday it tore down 347,225 movies within the second half of 2020 for U.S. election misinformation, disinformation and manipulated media.
The China-owned video app additionally eliminated 1.75 million accounts that it stated had been used for automation through the timeframe of the U.S. elections, in line with TikTok’s “transparency report” for the ultimate six months of 2020.
“We began our elections preparations in 2019 and constructed defenses based mostly on business learnings from the U.S. 2016 elections, however we additionally ready for extra home exercise based mostly on traits we’ve noticed on how deceptive content material is created and unfold on-line,” the TikTok report stated. “Certainly, through the U.S. 2020 elections, we discovered that a good portion of misinformation was pushed by home customers — actual individuals.”
Whereas TikTok was taking motion in opposition to election-related content material it deemed dangerous, it was additionally engaged in a authorized battle for survival in opposition to former President Trump. The Trump administration pursued a ban of TikTok’s app by way of government order, which the corporate, its customers and its proprietor ByteDance challenged in federal courts.
Earlier this month, President Biden’s administration filed a movement to carry the federal government’s case in opposition to TikTok earlier than a federal appeals courtroom in D.C. in abeyance, that means paused, whereas it reviewed the advantage of the Trump administration’s actions. The courtroom granted the Biden administration’s movement and directed it to supply an replace in April.