ICT Tac Public service announcements and information resources about the Holocaust with the aim of combating antisemitism in its application. With the changes, TikTok will be linked to when users search for Holocaust-related content. Holocaust-related hashtags will also be linked to the website, along with a brief public service announcement.
“When browsing this topic, we recommend that you check the facts using reliable sources, such as the multilingual website (aboutholocaust.org) for essential information on the history of the Holocaust and its legacy” , indicates the message. The app will also add a permanent banner at the bottom of Holocaust-related videos that urges users to “get the facts about the Holocaust.” This change will be rolled out “in the coming months”.
Although TikTok’s rules prohibit hate speech, Holocaust denial and other forms of anti-Semitism, the app has faced criticism in the past for allowing anti-Semitic content to be posted on its platform. Last year, the Anti-Defamation League published a with a number of examples of “posts perpetuating age-old anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories”. The organization urged TikTok “to address this issue systematically”.
In its latest statement, TikTok notes that it blocks search results about the Holocaust that may violate its rules, and that it uses “a combination of technology and moderation teams to remove anti-Semitic content and accounts from our platform, including Holocaust denial or any other form”. of hate speech directed against the Jewish community”.
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