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TikTok Users Are Putting Up Gore and Pornography as Profile Pictures in a New Viral Trend

Most content platforms such as TikTok have a huge number of restrictions and filters put in place to make it so that no one would be ever be able to end up posting something or the other that would be violent or pornographic. These content moderation policies are what allow these platforms to basically end up offering a family friendly environment for various kinds of brands that might be out there because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up boosting profits and subsequently viability in an increasingly competitive market.

However, there is always something or the other that can allow users to get around these rules, and in the case of TikTok it is that profile pictures and videos are not scanned under these policies. As a result of the fact that this is the case, a lot of TikTok users have started participating in a viral trend that has resulted in them putting up images of gore or sex as their display pictures, something that has turned into a bit of a viral trend with users challenging each other to put something that is as graphic as possible.

Videos of terrorists burning victims in cages as well as myriad examples of sexual violence are being used in this regard, and while TikTok has been hard at work removing these images from its platform and banning users that took part in this event, the damage has been done to some extent. For a lot of people seeing these images is a very triggering thing to go through, and tech companies with an emphasis on social media platforms should ideally look into making their platforms a lot safer so that content like this is never able to slip through the cracks.


H/T: BBC.

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