‘Misleading Information’ Banned on TikTok – Public Safety Beats Publicity

Recently, TikTok announced that it will be banning all the type of ‘misleading content’ on their app that can cause harm to the public in any way. TikTok is currently under scrutiny by the U.S. due to the charges of censorship, breaching minor’s privacy, and for other security flaws in the app. This development by TikTok is a step ahead in the betterment of the app, but it does not mean that the charges will drop off.

TikTok is continuously growing with more and more users on the platform each day, but dealing with these severe allegations can be difficult. Although, this step from TikTok separates it from other social media apps such as Facebook, but still, it is not enough.

TikTok is also raises national security issues for the US in terms of handling user data. US has already banned the app for the US Army, which is a great deal.

Currently, TikTok misinformation ban will mostly focus on scams, fake identities, false information, etc. The whole purpose of this ban is to protect users from prejudice, fear, and hate along with misleading information about elections.

TikTok has not released the information about how it’s going to find the misleading information and then act on it. Many conspiracy theories and other edited content are spiraling on the internet, TikTok aims to deal with all of it.

Facebook and other platforms are in the same boat, but it depends on how they are tackling the issue. We hope that TikTok comes with better policies to handle user data and take care of the flaws in TikTok.

We are still waiting on the news as to how TikTok will handle the misinformation on the app, let’s hope to soon get word on it.


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