TikTok has announced a moderation system upgrade that will include account strikes, comparable to YouTube’s community rules strikes. The firm claims it is changing this because its prior approach was unclear to authors and may be abused by unscrupulous actors.
If TikTok removes content, such as a video or remark, for breaching a community policy, the account that created it will receive a strike that will expire after 90 days. Strikes can be issued for particular product features such as Comments or Live, or for portions of TikTok’s regulations (for example, strikes for participating in a risky challenge will not necessarily be tallied with strikes for leaving a spammy remark).
A permanent ban will be imposed if you receive enough strikes in any area, however the threshold varies depending on “a violation’s potential to cause harm to our community members.” TikTok does not specify what such restrictions are, maybe to deter users from crossing the line. People who receive “a significant number of cumulative strikes across policies and features” will also be barred, according to the business.
According to the corporation, the strike system will not apply to “serious offenses” – anybody found uploading child sexual abuse material, threats of real-world violence, or other extreme content will still be removed immediately.
TikTok claims it’s releasing an upgrade to the app’s Safety Center that will allow creators to view and appeal strikes, as well as notify users if they’re on the verge of a permanent ban. It’s also testing a tool that will notify you if your video will not be algorithmically displayed on people’s For You pages, along with an explanation as to why.
The business claims that this is all part of an effort to boost openness around its moderation choices and to clarify things for authors who merely inadvertently breach guidelines, while cracking down on habitual offenders. It also acknowledges that its former account enforcement mechanism, which included temporary bans and limits, may have been confusing to some artists.
TikTok has come under fire for its lack of transparency and accountability, particularly in terms of how it suggests content. As a rising number of politicians install prohibitions on specific government-owned devices, the firm faces being outright outlawed in the United States.