TikTok confirmed today (November 4 local time) that it has removed videos of election misinsincements on two high-profile Republican-supporting accounts, Republican Hype House and Republican Boys,media techCrunch reported. The two accounts are understood to be popular with young conservative voters, with more than a million followers, and are likely to reach more users.
Taylor Lorenz, a Reporter for The New York Times, was the first to discover the “election fraud” content.
In response, TikTok quickly removed the controversial videos, responding to Lorenz’s post in less than an hour and confirming that it had been deleted.
In addition, TikTok confirmed to TechCrunch that it had deleted the videos in violation of the company’s policy against misleading information, but did not comment further on the decision.
TechCrunch reported earlier that the close U.S. election results have plunged social media platforms into a battle against disinpresentation and intrigue. On platforms like Facebook, Twitter and now TikTok, mis-messages spread quickly, reaching hundreds or even millions of users before the platform reacts.
Today, Twitter has hidden several of President Trump’s tweets behind warning tags. Facebook also tagged Trump’s posts and displayed in-app notifications to remind users that the outcome of the election had not yet been finalized.
TikTok, however, doesn’t get much attention — even though it has about 100 million young active U.S. users a month who post about 46 million videos a day.
The U.S. election is one of the first major tests of TikTok’s ability to quickly implement its false-information policies.
It’s also worth noting that TikTok’s future in the U.S. may also depend on Trump, who has previously banned the video app on national security grounds.