TikTok is toughening its stance against the QAnon conspiracy theory, expanding its ban to all content or accounts that promote videos advancing baseless ideas from the far-right online movement.
The action hardens the video-sharing app’s previous enforcement against QAnon that targeted specific hashtags on the app that QAnon supporters have used to spread unfounded theories. Now, users that share QAnon-related content on TikTok will have their accounts deleted from the app.
TikTok’s sweeping action against QAnon comes just as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other technology giants have announced bans on content from the Trump-supporting conspiracy theory. QAnon started in October 2017 and has amassed an enormous following online thanks largely to social media companies.
Obliterating easy publicity for bigotry, fascist ideology, absurdist superstition feeding the worst of an uneducated or poorly educated society shouldn’t disturb the censorship genes of any history-conscious American. There are more than enough examples of death and dictatorship coming to power through disinformation and lies.
3 thoughts on “TikTok getting tough!”
“TikTok’s QAnon ban has been ‘buggy’” (10/19/20) https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/19/tiktoks-qanon-ban-has-been-buggy/
“TikTok: An untapped opportunity” (10/20/20) http://volanteonline.com/2020/10/tiktok-an-untapped-opportunity/
“Once-banned book goes viral on TikTok for its controversial message: ‘Logic and reason have collapsed'” (10/21/20) https://sports.yahoo.com/tiktok-suddenly-obsessed-crucible-why-162314989.html [“Much of the newfound popularity “The Crucible” has gained online can be attributed to TikTok user Joe Hegyes, who imagined the play’s supposed villain, witch-accuser Abigail Williams, as an influencer, or the “original Lana Del Rey.”]
“Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ Returns to the Top 10, Thanks to TikTok : The album’s last run in the upper echelons of the Billboard chart was in February 1978.” (NYT 10/19/20) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/19/arts/music/fleetwood-mac-billboard-chart.html
“White House Presses To Move Forward With TikTok Ban” (10/17/20) https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/356940/white-house-presses-to-move-forward-with-tiktok-ba.html
“Trump blew up Tiktok and now nobody knows what’s going on” https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/11/tech/tiktok-deadline-trump-november/index.html
“TikTok claims it’s being ghosted by the Trump administration” https://www.engadget.com/tiktok-trump-oracle-walmart-155348189.html
TikTok hasn’t heard from the Trump administration in weeks, prompting latest CFIUS petition (11/10/20) https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/10/what-happened-to-tiktok-deal-trump-administration-silent.html On Aug. 14, CFIUS released its ruling that ByteDance needed to divest its U.S. assets within 90 days, “unless such date is extended for a period not to exceed 30 days,” which hasn’t happened [Tomorrow, November 12th, is the deadline].
“The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an interagency committee authorized to review certain transactions involving foreign investment in the United States and certain real estate transactions by foreign persons, in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.” https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/international/the-committee-on-foreign-investment-in-the-united-states-cfius
TikTok asks US court to intervene after Trump administration leaves app in limbo https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/nov/11/tiktok-app-trump-administration-federal-court
“TikTok is now looking to the US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit to review Trump’s divestment order and the government’s national-security review. The company filed a 49-page petition asking the court to review the decision, saying the forced divestment from TikTok violates the constitution.
“The government has taken virtually all of the ‘sticks’ in the ‘bundle’ of property rights ByteDance possesses in its TikTok US platform, leaving it with no more than the twig of potentially being allowed to make a rushed, compelled sale, under shifting and unrealistic conditions, and subject to governmental approval,” the filing says.
The US attorney general office did not immediately respond to request for comment.”
“…the US could have internet service providers block TikTok usage from US IP addresses, as India did when it banned TikTok, effectively making TikTok unusable. See https://www.indiatoday.in/technology/news/story/after-ban-tiktok-now-blocked-in-india-as-isps-act-on-govt-order-1695567-2020-06-30