So, TikTok just removed more than seven million accounts of users who are suspected to be underaged in the first 3 months of 2021, as per ABS-CBN News Online. The Chinese-owned app is wildly popular among the younger generation.
Plus, they also took down around 62 million videos in the first quarter of the year. Why? These videos violated their community standards, including “hateful” content, nudity, harassment or safety for minors.
To handle their minor user situation, TikTok has been using a variety of methods, including a safety moderation team, that monitors accounts where users are suspected of being untruthful about their age. In fact, users in the U.S aged 12 years old and below are directed to “TikTok for Younger Users.”
TikTok is believed to have about a billion users around the world, with over 100 million users based in the U.S. Because of TikTok’s popularity in the U.S, President Biden’s administration reversed orders from former president Donald Trump which would have banned TikTok or forced its sale to American investors.
In the local scene, a recent study found that the Philippines ranked 11th in the world in terms of the most number of users who downloaded TikTok during the study period, which is strange considering how much Filipinos love the app. This just goes to show how popular TikTok is, right?
To put things into perspective, there has been an increase in social media usage amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, there has been a lot of concern about how the youth has been navigating their social media usage. With misinformation and online predators on the rise, it’s understandable how social media companies are doing what they can to manage matters as best as they can. That’s why you should think before you post.