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Technology TikTok reportedly restricts the reach of users with disabilities

03:40  03 december  2019
03:40  03 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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TikTok hid videos posted by people with disabilities , as well as those made by LGBTQ and overweight users , German site Netzpolitik reported By being sorted this way, they're reportedly only visible to a few thousand people rather than globally. TikTok didn't immediately respond to a request

Many users tag their videos with hashtags like #foryou or #fyp. From this stage, TikTok ’s instructions to the moderators said, people with disabilities were to be At that time, moderators were still instructed to drastically limit the reach of people with disabilities and others considered to be at risk of bullying.

TikTok hid videos posted by people with disabilities, as well as those made by LGBTQ and overweight users, German site Netzpolitik reported Monday, citing leaked documents and an internal source. No matter the content of the videos, they were marked as being uploaded by special users who could be at risk of being bullied, the report said.

a person holding a cell phone: TikTok is reportedly limiting reach. James Martin/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. TikTok is reportedly limiting reach. James Martin/CNET

The moderation rule is reportedly called "Imagery depicting a subject highly vulnerable to cyberbullying."

Some users are even categorized into "not recommend" by moderators, including people with facial disfigurement, autism and Down syndrome, according to documents published by Netzpolitik. By being sorted this way, they're reportedly only visible to a few thousand people rather than globally.

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Social video network TikTok apparently limited the reach of people with disabilities , including facial disfigurement and Down syndrome. According to Netzpolitik.org, which spoke with a source inside the company, the policy was supposed to protect users with a high risk of bullying.

In an attempt to prevent bullying and discrimination, TikTok reportedly limits the reach of users with disabilities with discriminatory practices. The popular video-sharing app TikTok limited the reach of videos by users who are fat, LGBTQ, or have intellectual disabilities .

TikTok didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The report follows TikTok's apology last week for the "interest and confusion" surrounding an anti-Chinese video that went viral earlier this week. A young TikTok user had posted a makeup video while raising awareness about Uighur Muslim community being detained in China. TikTok said Wednesday it wanted to "clarify" and apologize for human error in removing the video.

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TikTok, a social media platform where users post short videos, has been downloaded more than 1.5 billion times. The Chinese app is reportedly under investigation by the US over national security concerns.

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