TikTok has responded to criticism from a comedian which claimed that phrases including ‘Black Lives Matter’ and “Black success” were banned from the platform.
Ziggi Tyler recently called out TikTok in videos showing that the app allowed words including “neo-Nazi”, “pro-white” and “white supremacist” to be included in the bios of content creators on the app’s Creator Marketplace.
The videos went on to show that terms including “pro-Black”, “Black Lives Matter”, “Black success” and “Black people” were flagged as being inappropriate or banned.
See Tyler’s videos below:
An update: (because apparently being black on that app isn’t allowed but being a neo nazi is? K. ) pic.twitter.com/9ecIf0tvPe
— Ziggi Tyler (@ZiggiTyler) July 6, 2021
Tiktok user @ziggityler demonstrating how in the creator marketplace tiktok flags anything related to the word 'black', no matter how innocuous, as inappropriate but 'white supremacy' is fine. pic.twitter.com/QJ8Jpttx0A
— Andrew Galvin (@MaxHomo) July 6, 2021
In response to the controversy, TikTok shared a statement with Forbes. It read: “Our TikTok Creator Marketplace protections, which flag phrases typically associated with hate speech, were erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order.
“We recognise and apologise for how frustrating this was to experience, and our team has fixed this significant error. To be clear, Black Lives Matter does not violate our policies and currently has over 27 billion views on our platform.”
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