Leaked document details how TikTok censors content


ByteDance claims the regulations have been retired and replaced by a more local system but, regardless, the leak details how the company responds to content that attacks regimes, for example, China's communist system, "highly controversial topics" and even certain "foreign leaders or sensitive figures."

TikTok's global popularity -- fuelled by a reported $1 billion in advertising on Facebook alone, let alone other channels -- makes the guideline troubling, even if ByteDance has retired them as it claims. There have been credible concerns at how the service has kept videos from Hong Kong's protest hidden from users elsewhere in the world -- a localisation it claims is a feature not a bug -- and that is only likely to escalate as TikTok becomes a social media staple in more countries, not just for entertainment but also as a modern window into current affairs.

Related: ByteDance is reportedly selling Topbuzz, its international news aggregator app which hasn't taken off like TikTok link


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