TikTok reportedly gives ‘a bit more leniency’ to popular accounts

As recently as last year, TikTok used a two-tier moderation system that, according to TikTok, gave preference to the most popular users forbes. The outlet received an audio recording of a September 2021 meeting where the company detailed an internal feature called “Creator Labels,” reserved for accounts with more than 5 million followers. When it came time to moderate these users, including many influencers and celebrities, TikTok reportedly filtered them through a separate moderation queue, where the company treated these accounts differently.

“We don’t want to treat these users like other accounts. I’d say there’s a bit more leniency,” a TikTok Trust and Safety staffer said during the meeting forbes. On its website, the company states that its community guidelines apply to “anything and everything on TikTok.”

TikTok did not immediately respond to Engadget’s request for comment. A spokesman for the company said forbes It is “no more lenient in moderating accounts with more than 5 million followers,” adding that there are no moderation queues based on follower count.

If the report is correct, TikTok wouldn’t be the first company to treat its most influential and powerful users differently. 2021, The Wall Street Journal detailed how Meta’s XCheck system had allowed millions of high-profile Facebook and Instagram users to circumvent its rules. In one incident described in the report, the system “blocked” Facebook moderators from removing nude photos posted by Brazilian soccer star Neymar of a woman who had accused him of sexual assault. The post was viewed more than 60 million times before meta took action. Additionally, the company hasn’t suspended Nyemar’s account despite sharing non-consensual nudity in violation of his community guidelines.

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