When people ask why I hate or don’t use TikTok, it’s not just the userbase that I find cringy and unoriginal, it’s the people running the app. Stuff like this isn’t exactly unknown, reports are released all the time that their algorithm censors certain kinds of people or content…but recently, there’s been even more documentation for the argument.
Essentially, TikTok moderators were told to filter out certain types of people from its algorithm according to documents received and incorporate it into the “For You” algorithm. Here are some takeaways from the article:
"TikTok moderators were told to suppress videos from users who appeared too ugly, poor or disabled, as part of the company’s efforts to curate an inspirational air in the videos it promotes, according to new documents published by The Intercept."
"The documents detail how moderators for the social video app were instructed to select content for the influential “For You” feed, an algorithmic timeline that is most users’ first port of call when they open the app. As a result, being selected for For You can drive huge numbers of views to a given video, but the selection criteria have always remained a secret, with little understanding as to the amount of automation involved."
"TikTok’s moderators were instructed to exclude videos from the For You feed if they failed on any one of a number of categories, the documents show. Users with an “abnormal body shape (not limited to: dwarf, acromegaly),” who are “chubby … obese or too thin” or who have “ugly facial looks or facial deformities” should be removed, one document says, since “if the character’s appearance is not good, the video will be much less attractive, not worth being recommended to new users.”
"Similarly, the documents show, videos were to be removed from the feed if “the shooting environment is shabby and dilapidated”, since “this kind of environment is … less fancy and appealing."
- TikTok’s defense for doing so, they say, is to prevent “Bullying” on the platform, which I definitely think is an excuse. To prevent others from bullying should be community-moderated or through a comment-filtering system, not outright CENSORING disabled, overweight, or underclass users. Others theorize that TikTok is implementing China’s overseas censorship policies of “Uglification,” which I think are more accurate.
Bottom line. I don’t like TikTok. Byte is best :^).