TikTok Says it Has Acted to Curb Disinformation Amid Israel-Hamas War

TikTok Says it Has Acted to Curb Disinformation Amid Israel-Hamas War – TikTok announced an increase in its efforts to counter disinformation on the platform in response to the European Union’s criticism following the Hamas attack on Israel. The company, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, said in a statement it had “immediately mobilised significant resources and personnel to help maintain the safety of our community and integrity of our platform,” and that it had removed more than 500,000 videos and closed 8,000 live streams in the region.

Social media companies have faced increased scrutiny during times of conflict, such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, and the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. TikTok has responded by establishing a command center to monitor the latest developments in the conflict, enhancing its automated content detection systems to identify graphic and violent material, and increasing the number of moderators proficient in Arabic and Hebrew. 

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Additionally, the platform has imposed restrictions on live broadcasts due to safety concerns related to the current hostage situation. The European Union (EU) recently initiated an investigation into X, formerly known as Twitter, for disseminating disinformation concerning the conflict. The EU also issued a reprimand to Meta, the owner of Facebook

Thierry Breton, the EU’s commissioner for industry, sent a letter to TikTok’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, urging the company to expedite responses to law enforcement requests for the removal of illegal content.  

He requested a reply to his letter within 24 hours. Breton said the EU had seen “indications that TikTok is being used to disseminate illegal content and disinformation in the EU.” 

Breton said the EU had seen “indications that TikTok is being used to disseminate illegal content and disinformation in the EU.” TikTok had a particular responsibility to protect children and teenagers from graphic and distressing content such as videos of hostage taking, Breton said, and that “fake and manipulated images and facts” were circulating on the platform.

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The social media platform insisted it “stands against terrorism.” “We are shocked and appalled by the horrific acts of terror in Israel last week,” TikTok said. “We are also deeply saddened by the intensifying humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. Our hearts break for everyone who has been affected.” It also said it remains “focused on supporting free expression, upholding our commitment to human rights, and protecting our platform during the Israel-Hamas war”

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