TikTok banning some accounts in Myanmar in try and cease the unfold of violent movies
TikTok says it has “aggressively banned” numerous accounts and devices in Myanmar in order to curb misinformation and the spread of violent videos on its platform.
The rest of the world reported that government soldiers in Myanmar have posted hundreds of videos on TikTok since the military took power in February. The videos range from traditional pro-government propaganda to misinformation intended to confuse the demonstrators to threats from soldiers with weapons.
TikTok removed some of the videos earlier this month after media reported the surge in hate speech and threats across the Southeast Asian nation. However, Rest of World reports that the short-form video platform has admitted that it hasn’t moved fast enough to stop the spread of the threatening videos and other violent content.
As protesters continue to protest the February 1 coup, more than 200 people have been killed in Myanmar, Reuters reported.
“Promoting hatred, violence and misinformation has absolutely no place at TikTok,” a company spokesman said in a statement emailed to The Verge. “Realizing the rapidly escalating situation in Myanmar, we quickly expanded our dedicated resources and stepped up efforts to remove violent content. We have aggressively banned numerous accounts and devices that we have found promoting dangerous content on a large scale. “
The spokesman added that TikTok “will continue to make significant investments to respond to new threats in order to keep TikTok a secure platform in Myanmar”.
Activists and right-wing advocates told Rest of World that Myanmar’s use of TikTok to disseminate government propaganda was similar to the way the country’s military used Facebook to target violence and hate speech against the country’s Rohingya minority Stoke in the early 2010s.
In February, Facebook said it was banning the Tatmadaw – Myanmar’s military – and other state-controlled entities from both Facebook and Instagram.