It turns out that “TikTok” the video sharing app restricted the reach of movies by people with some disabilities, queers, fat people, etc.
with the German news media netzpolitik.org revealed that TikTok is autistic, disabled, fat, It said that people such as Queer were judged to be at risk of bullying if they left their defaults, and placed them on the list of “special users” who would limit their reach, regardless of the content of the content. netzpolitik.org obtained the “moderation guidelines” used by TikTok’s moderators from those involved, and some of the guidelines included “images showing subjects that are susceptible to online bullying.” This description states that the guidelines showed that “users who are susceptible to online bullying due to physical and mental conditions” are “user-sensitive to online bullying.” TikTok used the Moderation Toolbox to limit the visibility of such users. The moderators said they marked people with disabilities as “risk 4” and manipulated them to limit content publishing to uploaded countries.
Tiktok also put additional restrictions on users judged to be “particularly susceptible to bullying.” Movies uploaded by users in this category will be played 6000 to 10,000 times, and then notified to the moderation team located in Berlin, Beijing, and Barcelona and automatically tagged as “Auto R.” This means that if played more than a certain number of times, it will be divided into “deprecated” categories and excluded from the recommended list “For You” feed for each user. For people who upload dances and performances, being selected for the For You feed is a well-known opportunity to take a bigger stage. Movies tagged as Auto R aren’t deleted, but they’re losing their chances because they’re extremely less visible. The following are the guidelines. Examples of target users include “impaired face”, “autism”, “Down syndrome”, “people with disabilities or people with bruises and strabismus on the face”.
But from a TikTok movie of just 15 seconds, users should not be able to determine whether they have autism. In fact, this guideline seems to have been a source of confusion for moderators as well. According to sources, the staff repeatedly pointed out the problems with the guidelines, but the point was rejected by the Decision Maker of China, the developer of TikTok. TikTok is aiming to expand the market in countries such as Germany and the United States, and in addition to campaigning for a hashtag campaign called “#bodypositivity Aoi” that takes his body positively, he has called for “to send messages about diversity and safety to counter bullying and hate speech,” but while such an attempt was being made, he said, “We’re going to limit the reach of people at risk of bullying.” However, TikTok is already aware that such an approach is not ideal, and the rules have been revised as of December 2019. A TikTok spokesperson commented to netzpolitik.org, “We realized that this approach was not intended as a long-term solution, and that our intentions were not the right ones, but not the right ones,” and as of December 2019, new technological developments were being developed to “identify bullying.” Accounts that TikTok has classified as “special users” include users whose profiles include the tag “#disability” or the word “autist” (autistic patient), accounts that are fat or use a lot of Rainbow Flag in their profiles, and accounts that refer to themselves as “lesbians,” “gays” and “X-gender.” The 21-year-old Anika, who actually has an account called “miss_anni21 A” was included in the list. Anika is a woman who works as a kindergarten teacher and uploads many dance movies to TikTok, but she is aware that she is in a fat figure, but she doesn’t take it negatively.
In 2018, Annika’s dance movie will be playing rapidly, and the number of followers has skyrocketed from 800 to 10,000. The number of followers has increased to 22,000 in 2019. When Annika attracted attention, the critical user pointed out that it lasted for two to three months, but “I’m the type of person I don’t care about” and “Criticism is due to a new audience, My followers see me as a role model.”
Manuela Hannen and Christoph Krachten of Evangelische Stiftung Hephata, an agency that supports people with disabilities, discuss the guidelines and moderation used by TikTok. “We see this as unfounded censorship. It is totally ridiculous to punish victims of bullying, rather than punishing the people who bully on the Internet.” Human rights activist Raul Krauthausen said: “It is always difficult to protect victims in need of assistance. Not all people with disabilities are the same. Some people are good at dealing with it, others don’t. Just like people without disabilities.”