Tiktok Is Trying To Strengthen The Rules Against Online Hoaxes
Dangerous online challenges and hoaxes becomes a widespread concern. Experts are trying to protect teenagers from the potentially harmful online challenges. Now different online platforms including TikTok have decided to strengthen the detection and enforcement of rules.
A recent survey revealed that one in five teenagers has participated in an online challenge. However, one in 50 has taken part in a “risky and dangerous” activity. They also stated that fewer than one in 300 a “really dangerous” act. TikTok said, “alerts our safety teams to sudden increases in violating content linked to hashtags” would be expanded “to also capture potentially dangerous behavior”.
TikTok also said, “Hoaxes like these often have similar characteristics – and in previous cases, false warnings have circulated suggesting that children were being encouraged to take part in ‘games’ which resulted in self-harm.”
TikTok stated about removing the hoaxes and said, “start to remove alarmist warnings about them, as they could cause harm by treating the self-harm hoax as real. These hoaxes largely spread through warning messages encouraging others to alert as many people as possible to avoid perceived negative consequences.”
TikTok is working to develop a new resource for our Safety Centre. To learn more community members can visit the center.