TikTok, suppress posts created by users deemed too ugly, poor, or disabled for the platform, ”according to leaked documents, an online post known for research and analysis.
They were censored presenting serious issues such as military movements, natural disasters, Defamed public officials and material that threatened national security.
But other kiboshed videos showed the most innocuous images of "fat" people, decaying houses, "rural poverty, slums, beer bellies, and crooked smiles."
They were implemented to ensure "Rapid growth in the mold of a Silicon Valley startup, while discouraging political dissent with the kind of heavy-handedness seen regularly in China's [TikTok's] home country."
This runs counter to the lively vibe of the viral video-sharing site, whose 800 million monthly users often post “challenges” recreating choreographed dances and lip-syncing songs, such as "A global model of self-expression and anything-goes creativity."
Some of the instructions
They were very specific, such as: "Scan loads for cracked walls and 'disreputable decorations' in users' homes" and then hit those users with Algorithmic punishments they would reduce "Artificially" the size of your audiences
TikTok replied that the reported policies were outdated or never formally used, but Intercept found that the guidelines were somewhat followed until at least the end of 2019.
They were written in Chinese and English and had never been revealed before, were corroborated by "Conversations with multiple sources directly familiar with TikTok's censorship activities".
To the moderators "They were also told to censor political discourse on TikTok live broadcasts, punishing those who damaged the 'national honor' or broadcast broadcasts on 'state bodies such as the police.'" completely banning them from the platform.
A list of reasons
A user's video clip may not be selected for the app's "For You" section, which exposes him to a much wider audience, including "abnormal body shape," "ugly facial appearance," dwarfism, "eye" disorders, " and »too many wrinkles«.
"Most of 'these live streaming guidelines' are no longer in use, or in some cases seem to have never been in place," TikTok spokesman Josh Gartner told Intercept. Gartner added that the rules on video suppression with unattractive, disabled or poor users "represented a strong early attempt to prevent bullying, but they are no longer in place and were no longer in use when Intercept obtained them."
"Sources indicated that both sets of policies were in use until at least the end of 2019," Intercept wrote.