Happy Earth Day! TikTok is taking steps to ban all climate change denial content on its platform.
Beginning April 21, TikTok will begin “strengthening enforcement” of its new climate change misinformation policy. All climate-related content searches are directed to “authoritative information” sourced in collaboration with the United Nations, reported the Daily Beast(opens in a new tab). According to a blog post by TikTok(opens in a new tab)the policy means that all content that “undermines a well-established scientific consensus” about climate change will be removed from the platform.
“Trust and authenticity fuel the creativity of TikTok – and we believe we have an important role to play in enabling informed climate discussions on our platform,” the blog post reads.
That effort is coming about a month after TikTok announced it would update its community guidelines(opens in a new tab) to add new policies related to artificial intelligence, climate misinformation, civil and electoral integrity, and age restrictions. It also comes about a year later A report revealed that TikTok is a hub for climate change misinformation(opens in a new tab) – Simply searching for “climate change” would feed users with a whole host of results related to climate change denial.
Meanwhile, TikTok is under scrutiny. legislator one more than a dozen countries have imposed various bans on the app amid fears that TikTok will leak user data to the Chinese government, and one US state issued a ban Download the app.