TikTok Vigilante Group the Nice Londini Have Made Looking Down Trolls Their Mission
- A group of masked vigilantes calling themselves the “Big Londini” combs TikTok to hunt down cyberbullies.
- The TikTok group claims to be able to find out a person’s true identity with eight clicks.
- However, TikTok has blocked and deleted several accounts of the group.
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A vigilante on TikTok says they are searching the platform for trolls and airing their identities in short clips to reveal to their parents and co-workers.
The group is called Great Londini and is represented by a mask with hollow, pitch-black eyes and a gaping, Joker-like smile. The group has a website, Twitter account, and YouTube page where they post examples of what they think they can do. It also has 2.3 million followers on TikTok – the main platform for its exposés.
In one example, the Great Londini outs a man who it claims is a lawyer who posted a comment telling a young police officer to “eat his gun”.
“Would you hire a lawyer to make this remark about a police officer? We neither. So what should we do? We say – stupid game, stupid price. ”
In an interview with the BBC, a man named Leo spoke for the group. He stated that he is simply the “face” of a group of volunteers with cybersecurity and military experience who want to be known collectively by a single name. The group says their collective experience enables them to uncover a person’s true identity – whether or not they are hiding behind an anonymous account name – in seven to eight clicks.
According to the BBC, Leo spoke to the news agency from a location in the United States. He referred to himself as an “anti-troll” and said he helped TikTok moderate content by reporting abusive trolls and sending TikTok “any information” the group fished out.
But TikTok isn’t a fan of Londini. Leo told the BBC that the app deleted nine accounts associated with Great Londini’s username. The app also banned the tenth (and current) account multiple times for online harassment and bullying – claims the group denies.
TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider on its content moderation guidelines. However, the video sharing app said in a report that it independently removed 62 million videos in the first three months of 2021 for violating its user content guidelines. According to the platform, that was less than 1% of all videos uploaded to TikTok.
TikTok also found in the same report that the US was the largest market for video removal for user content violations, with a total of 8,540,088 deactivations from January to March this year.