TikTok and toxic memes

Parents worrying about Facebook and Instagram should pay more attention to the video-sharing app

10/23/2021 3:05:00 AM

“Anyone else feel like it’s low key kinda cringe to post on Instagram now?”: teens are falling out of love with Facebook’s platforms in favour of TikTok. But the app has a dark side

Parents worrying about Facebook and Instagram should pay more attention to the video-sharing app

.These numbers are a consequence of lockdowns, but are also a testament to TikTok’s engrossing “For You” page (FYP), which is powered by an algorithm that serves users an endless stream of videos they might be interested in. Getting featured on it is often an indicator that a clip will go viral (many videos are tagged #

A blizzard warning is in effect for Hawaii as the lower 48 contends with a snow drought Replacing a Space Station Communications Antenna on This Week @NASA – December 3, 2021 U.S. intelligence finds Russia planning Ukraine offensive | AP News

FYPto boost their chances), which is part of the app’s thrill. The platform, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, has become synonymous with lip-synching teenagers, dances and challenges. And despite interventions from various governments, including the threat of its removal from app stores by former President Donald Trump, TikTok has continued to soar since its launch in 2016: last month it hit 1bn monthly users.

As a newer platform, TikTok also had a chance to learn from the mistakes of its predecessors. It has proposed the creation of a “global coalition” of social platforms to protect users better from harmful content. TheFYPmakes people internet-famous very quickly—and makes them targets for harassment. To address this, TikTok deleted millions of accounts belonging to users under the age of 13, and limited the use of its more public features from its youngest profiles. It also claims that less than 1% of videos uploaded in the first quarter of 2021 violated its terms of service—and those that did were removed within 24 hours. All this, in theory, ought to mean TikTok is healthier than other social media apps. headtopics.com

The reality is different. Last year the Intercept, a news site, published Chinese moderation documents, revealing a preference to filter out users with “ugly facial looks”, “beer belly” and content that risked “endangering…national honour and interests”. Teenage girls have been targeted with adverts about intermittent fasting. And reports by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (

ISD), a think-tank, have found that videos peddling harmful covid-19 vaccine misinformation and white-supremacist content accumulated millions of views before they were taken down by the company. Some of these exploited TikTok’s features, it says, such as trending songs, to extend their reach. The

ISDfound the firm’s application of its policies to be “lacking in accuracy, consistency and transparency”.Ms Haugen’s leaks about Instagram have put a spotlight on the platform’s role in perpetuating negative thoughts about body image among teenage girls. A similar culture flourishes on TikTok, too. There are currently 8.8bn total views on videos tagged #whatIeatinaday, a viral trend where mostly young girls document their food diaries, some of which include under-eating. Learning from Facebook’s mistakes, TikTok announced that it would include safety announcements on these videos and do more to direct users to support resources. Yet the lines between what is a direct consequence of social media and what is symptomatic of wider cultural pressures about body shapes are blurred.

Tumblr, a blogging platform, was polluted with content promoting eating disorders and self-harm over a decade ago, prompting the site to censor accounts that were endorsing harmful behaviour. Internet users are wise to moderators, though. Misspellings of hashtags are used on TikTok to bypass censored words. Last month TikTok censored videos tagged “devious licks”—a viral challenge which saw teenagers vandalising or stealing school property—from its search bar. Yet misspellings of the phrase are still accessible and are even suggested by the platform. Similarly, misspelt eating-disorder tags are easily discoverable and the videos tagged under them have thousands of views. One such post, live for a week at time of writing, promotes eating fewer than 500 calories a day. headtopics.com

Sheriff Bouchard 'confident' parents of Michigan high school shooting suspect will be found ‘We just feel it’: Racism plagues US military academies | AP News US officials say humanitarian effort in Syria is another means to counter ISIS

Most TikToks are innocuous. But like its predecessors, the app has not yet effectively addressed problems that hide in plain sight. If an under-age user wants to create an account, no community guidelines can stop them from lying about their age. If someone wants to view harmful content, they will seek it out. And the features that make TikTok so successful also make it risky: the more a user engages with certain tags, the more the

FYPwill serve similar content. Much like Facebook’s platforms, in other words.■ Read more: The Economist »

NASA astronauts complete spacewalk which was postponed due to debris risk

NASA astronauts complete spacewalk which was postponed due to debris risk .

Catch my latest FASHION VIDEO ft my all time fave Jumper LINKED BELOW Please subscribe to my channel and turn on notifications. 🙏 LINK 👇 YouTubeShorts YouTuber youtubepremium fashion Christian style Ad trend Trending viral YouTube good luck lol people are toxic so why be surprised? Tell your tots not to show their tiktoks on Tiktok

I was referred to this platform by a friend online and I thought it was a scam...but I was moved to try and yes I did earned....I just want to use the opportunity to share this to people to know how Miss Lisaberry1426 platform works...her good deed need a recommendation

This TikTok Hack For Sending Emoji With the iPhone Echo Effect Makes Texting More FunThis quick iPhone hack lets you send multiple emoji with the Echo Effect!

J-Pop Band Atarayo’s Emotional Set Shines in Billboard Japan & TikTok 'Next Fire' October EditionBillboard Japan and TikTok teamed up once again to present Next Fire, the hybrid program focusing on today’s hottest J-pop artists. Atarayo was featured as the monthly pickup act for October.

This Viral TikTok Revealed The Easiest Way To Rid Constipation And People's Minds Are Blown“Multiple people on the app swear by this trick, so we asked the acupuncturist to explain the science behind it.”

Selena Gomez Teases New Music While Debuting Blunt Bob Hairstyle On TikTokSelena Gomez debuted a new chic hairstyle in a series of TikToks while teasing new music *and* paying homage to her 'Wizards of Waverly Place' character, Alex Russo.

Is TikTok Really Giving Teen Girls 'Tourette-Like Tics'?Some doctors seem to think so!

I’m A Shopping Writer, & I’m Buying These Handy TikTok Products To Decorate My New ApartmentWhy pay for an interior designer when I have TikTok?