TikTok Bans Trump Before Trump Can Ban TikTok

TikTok bans Trump

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TikTok has now banned Trump videos and speeches that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

TikTok says the content has no home on the platform. It is removing videos of Trump’s speeches to his supporters before the riot began. It is also removing all content related to the #stormthecapitol and #patriotparty hashtags.

TikTok says Trump’s claims of election fraud violate the platform’s misinformation policy. TikTok says misinformation is content that is inaccurate or false. The platform says it encourages discourse and respectful conversations, but what it judges to be outright lies.

Ironically, TikTok has now banned Trump, citing hateful content and misinformation about the U.S. election. During 2020, the ByteDance-owned was preparing for a Trump-ordered shutdown based on national security concerns.

Counter speech against the Trump videos is still allowed on the platform. Videos that dispute Trump’s claims of election rigging will also still be allowed. TikTok says these commentary videos are important – unless those comments support the Capitol riots or claim election fraud.

TikTok says it will allow some videos of violence that took place at the Capitol to remain. Content from a news organization or videos that condemn the violence is still allowed. TikTok is also applying its recently launched opt-in viewing screens on newsworthy content that may show violence.

These blurred screens are applied over videos that viewers may find graphic or distressing. The user can then choose to navigate away from the content without viewing or tap to view it anyway. It’s similar to how Facebook handles the moderation of graphic content on its platform.

TikTok was quick to remove videos of Ashli Babbitt’s shooting, a woman who died at the Capitol riots. Individual videos from people who were near her continued to stay on the platform as direct video footage of the incident. Those videos remained up for most of the day on January 6th but were quickly removed. It’s unclear if the original owner or TikTok removed them.

TikTok says it is also stepping up its policy against hateful and inciteful content. It will remove videos that glorify violence or promote it against certain people. TikTok says these videos will be removed through a combination of automated moderation and user reporting.

TikTok is also proactively blocking any hashtags related to glorifying violence. Anyone searching for those blocked hashtags is now redirected to TikTok’s Community Guidelines, which outlines why such content is banned from the platform. TikTok says it will not share a full list of banned hashtags to protect its safeguards against such content.

Other blocked hashtags include #stopthesteal and #QAnon.

11 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Because of this ban, every government in every country in the world is working right now on their own anti-tiktok/twatter/facistbook, etc. set of laws. Social media committed a suicide when they banned trumpy.

    • Mr. Grumpypants

      Yep. This is the one time I encourage a government takeover and breakup of private business. Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple—they all should be regulated.

      • Herman

        Private business has rules that are agreed to by the users. If they don’t follow them, they get booted. It’s pretty simple. Trump broke the rules time and time again. He got so much leeway because of his position, but he continued to push boundaries until enforcement was needed.

        • Democrats are the new Nazis

          Democrats, Liberals, celebrities, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc. have been preaching hatred and promoting violence for years, yet none of them was banned or prosecuted. They’ve incited, promoted and funded violent protests and deadly riots across the country last year, yet, none of them was banned or prosecuted. BLM and Antifa terrorists have been pushing violence and insurrection for years. They’ve already killed hundreds of innocent people, yet none of them was banned or prosecuted. etc.

      • BAC

        Mr Grumpypants. You want a government takeover of Google, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter?

        Oh I get it. You’re a COMMUNIST. You’re so fucking stupid that you’d rather have the government running Google, et al.

        As much as I hate the way these companies behave, I’d rather we just all leave them and quit using them.

        These companies have nothing on the Federal Government, who cannot balance a budget, who can’t hold a proper election, and (until Trump) started wars all around the world for no reason. They run drugs like cocaine (Mitch McConnell and his wife, look it up) and crack (Joe Biden and his son), and getting financial kickbacks around the world (nearly every Congress critter and Senator’s families).

        I may not be a big Trump fan, but at least he didn’t get us into any wars. Hillary definitely would have gotten us into wars and Joe Biden and his cocksucking whore Kamala Harris certainly will.

    • Bruce

      Bullshit. Nobody is going this. Regardless of what you think or say, social media isn’t going anywhere. People are still using all the platforms. Get over your political bias to see reality sometime.

  2. Dr. Dray

    When is Google/YouTube going to take down all the videos that use the n-word?

    • Dr. Samueli

      Totally different from pushing violence and insurrection. Nice try.

      • Democrats are the new Nazis

        Democrats, Liberals, celebrities, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc. have been preaching hatred and promoting violence for years, yet none of them was banned or prosecuted. They’ve incited, promoted and funded violent protests and deadly riots across the country last year, yet, none of them was banned or prosecuted. BLM and Antifa terrorists have been pushing violence and insurrection for years. They’ve already killed hundreds of innocent people, yet none of them was banned or prosecuted. etc.

        • DJ

          Thanks for clearing that up. Sure glad there were no right wing extremist groups who support Trump involved in anything, despite them actually saying so, being there and participating in violence, chaos and destruction. You’re an idiot.

          • Democrats are the new Nazis

            You are a moron. Members of those groups are being arrested, banned and prosecuted while Democrats, BLM, Antifa and other leftwing terror groups are inciting and promoting violence, rioting, looting and attacking/killing innocent people. Just a day ago a group of leftwing terrorists (BLM/Antifa) attacked a bunch of innocent people and bystanders in NYC during one of their ‘peaceful protests’.