Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

TikTok Limited Users With Disabilities

TikTok Limited Users With Disabilities

TikTok has said in recent weeks that it stores its U.S. user data within the country and does not censor political content in line with Beijing's instructions.

The viral-video app TikTok has acknowledged previously having a policy that limited the reach of videos posted on the app by disabled users, saying what it described as a "blunt and temporary policy" was meant to curb bullying.

Citing leaked documents, German digital-rights website Netzpolitik.org reported that TikTok's moderators were instructed to mark videos of people with disabilities and limit their reach.

The moderators were told to prevent the clips of vulnerable users from appearing in the app's main video feed once they had reached between 6,000 to 10,000 views, said the report. CFIUS could force ByteDance to divest TikTok's USA operations if it is found that the company poses a national-security threat. Instead, the other steps could have been taken in favor of anti-bullying and harassment through the development of anti-bullying policies and in-app protections which the company is completely capable of applying.

These accusations further add to the legal and political pressure TikTok faces in the U.S. Parent ByteDance reportedly faces an investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States about its 2017 acquisition of Musical.ly, a social media startup that it later rebranded as TikTok. "This was never created to be a long-term solution, but rather a way to help manage a troubling trend", a TikTok spokesman said.


A university student in California has filed a class-action lawsuit against video app TikTok, which she accuses of harvesting large amounts of user data and storing it in China. What's especially alarming is that the plaintiff says though she downloaded the TikTok app in March or April of 2019, she never actually created a TikTok account.

TikTok published a response to this in an unsigned blog post in which the company stressed its independence from China.

But TikTok has come under scrutiny recently over whether it censors content deemed sensitive by China's authoritarian rulers.

This comes days after the Chinese short-video making platform apologised and restored the account of a USA teenager, which was blocked after she posted a video criticising the Chinese government over its treatment of Uighur Muslims.

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