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TikTok issues official apology for policies that led to the hashtag, #blacklivesmatter, leading to posts getting blocked.
Excerpt from technode.com
Tiktok apologizes for blocking Black Lives Matter hashtag · TechNode
Tiktok users accused the platform last week of censoring hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd amid nationwide protests in the US against the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was killed during a police arrest on May 25.
Before the platform made adjustments, Tiktok users found the search results of the two hashtags showed they had “zero views.”
In a company statement signed by its US General Manager Vanessa Pappas and Director of Creator Community Kudzi Chikumbu, Tiktok attributed the alleged censorship of #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd to “a technical glitch.”
The company said users can still see videos with the two hashtags and that videos with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag had generated more than 2 billion views on the platform.
“We understand that many assumed this bug to be an intentional act to suppress the experiences and invalidate the emotions felt by the Black community. And we know we have work to do to regain and repair that trust,” said the statement.
Tiktok said it would increase investment in its technology and moderation strategy and establish a creator diversity council to amplify diverse voices. The company would donate $3 million to non-profits that help the black community, said the statement, though it didn’t name any specific organizations.
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