After a possible ban in the USA, TikTok is going to face yet another challenge in handling content around its first US presidential elections.
TikTok is well known for its dance and prank videos but has now become a platform for political content as well. The popular hash tags Trump2020 and Biden2020 has collectively had more than 12 billion views on the app.
In an interview with Reuters, TikTok’s head of US safety Eric Han said his team’s goal is to ensure the app can stay a safe place for entertainment and silly self-expression.
TikTok’s fact-checking partner Lead Stories and Politifact said that they have reviewed hundreds of videos containing political misinformation on the app. The social media app keeps fact checkers’ assessments internal and uses them to remove content or reduce its reach.
TikTok does not allow any political ads saying that it does not allow misinformation that could cause harm, including content that misleads users about elections.