TikTok getting tough!

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!

  1. PERIODT says:

    “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

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