TikTok Bans Politicians from Raising Funds

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TikTok is preventing politicians and political parties from soliciting money on its site in the two months leading up to the midterm elections.

The social media site announced its decision to forbid political campaigns from making donation requests in a blog post on Wednesday. According to the business, a political account’s access to monetization tools like gift-giving, tipping, and e-commerce will instantly remove a political account.

The uploading of videos on TikTok by politicians requesting funds or by political parties directing users to internet donation pages will be strictly prohibited over the following weeks.

Government-run accounts will have a small amount more freedom. According to TikTok, these accounts would be permitted to promote in specific situations, such as when promoting educational campaigns for Covid-19 booster doses. However, to carry out that kind of marketing, the account holders must collaborate with a firm representative.

The new regulations will assist in enforcing a prohibition on political advertising that TikTok—known for its brief videos and younger-skewing audience—first implemented in 2019.

The network is increasingly attracting political content, despite the company’s continued claim that it is “first and foremost an entertainment platform,” as it still calls itself, with more than a billion monthly users worldwide. A large hub of political disinformation is emerging on TikTok, according to researchers who monitor online fallacies, and it is being fed by the same factors that make consumer goods and dancing videos popular on the platform.

TikTok has announced several measures to civilize and secure its platform during a campaign season already characterized by conspiracies and combative speech. In August, the business introduced an “Elections Center,” a hub on the app containing election-related information compiled from reliable sources and provided in more than 45 languages. According to TikTok, the company intended to include links pointing users to the elections hub to postings about the midterms.

Beginning on Wednesday, TikTok announced that it would test the need for verified political accounts in the US. TikTok also stated that it was attempting to educate users about its sponsorship policies, which forbid creators from receiving payment to create political content.

How rules for top creators on TikTok have been bent

Leaked audio recordings of internal TikTok meetings from the fall of 2021 reveal that the app has a two-tiered moderation system that gives influencers, celebrities, and other VIPs preference. When users with more than 5 million followers upload inappropriate content, this more lenient policy enforcement mechanism uses dedicated queues to give those posts priority and protection.

These prominent accounts have been assigned “creative labels” within TikTok’s internal systems. However, an audio recording of the meeting from late September 2021 shows that a TikTok’s Trust & Safety team member stated that the labels were only for “special users” whose content was to be monitored independently and in a different way from that of second-class users. So naturally, we don’t want to handle these people the same way we treat other accounts.

This confirmed what a Booz Allen Hamilton consultant who was also present during the conference stated he had heard from a different TikTok employee earlier. A famous person could publish stuff, and I could post content, he claimed, and if they were both inappropriate, the famous person would be able to stay up, adding that the employee was “very direct” about this.

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Like most other social media platforms, TikTok is overseen by a set of community standards regulating everything from content that violates children’s rights to electoral slander to perilous viral challenges. These policies “apply to everyone and everything on TikTok,” according to the company website.

When questioned about whether TikTok had a different approach for “creative” material management, a business representative, Jamie Favazza, responded, “TikTok is not more liberal in monitoring accounts with more than 5 million followers.” Also said, “we do not have moderation lines based on the following size. A follow-up inquiry concerning whether the business has previously used such a system was not immediately responded to by Favazza.

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Anthony Carter

I’m Anthony and I finished my degree graduate studies on Public Administration and I spend most of my free time in contributing written works about community development, public administration and lifestyle.

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