Technology TikTok hired some of its best animators for an anti-bullying campaign
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Republican lawmakers have reintroduced legislation to ban the video-sharing app TikTok from government devices. Your browser does not support this video The GOP senators, led by Josh Hawley, R-Mo., echoed sentiments of the Trump administration and alleged that TikTok poses a threat to data security due to its ties to China. "TikTok is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party that has no place on government devices -- or any American devices, for that matter," Hawley said in a statement Thursday.
Starting today, you might see some beautiful new animations posted to TikTok’s accounts. The company has partnered with six of its platform’s popular animators — several of whom were— to make videos for a campaign against bullying. The videos were all written and created by the animators and are meant to offer their perspective on the pressures faced by creators on the platform, even ones who are blowing up.
The spots also highlight TikTok’s vibrant animation community. The platform has been a boon for animators, who have found that its short format makes it possible for them to create good and consistent output that stands apart from the pack and hooks viewers. One of the creators,, has 11.6 million followers, putting him among the platform’s most followed users. The campaign also features , , , , and .
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TikTok views the campaign as one part of its strategy to combat harassment. While teams of moderators may be the first thing that comes to mind, TikTok says another flank is the tone and expectations the company sets for its community. The company wants to make sure that users know the rules, so that if your video gets taken down it’s “not the only time you’re thinking of what community guidelines are, so it’s not like you’re in the principal’s office,” Tara Wadhwa, director of policy for TikTok US, told The Verge.
The company has made a number of updates to its app over the past year to improve its anti-harassment measures. There’s now a pop-up that’llif it detects they’re posting a mean comment, and creators now have the ability to .
Those measures aren’t necessarily going to protect every creator — the platform is filled with amorphous communities sharing vulnerable stories, and it can rocket someone to stardom overnight. “None of this is gonna be the silver bullet,” Wadhwa says. “It’s where do we want our community to go … and what are the range of strategies we can use to get there?”
Biden Administration Reverses Trump Ban on TikTok, WeChat; Will Review Potential Security Risks .
The Commerce Department will conduct its own "evidence-based" analysis of the apps to assess any national security risks related to user data collection or to Chinese military or intelligence activities.White House officials Wednesday said the Commerce Department will conduct its own "evidence-based" analysis of the apps to assess any national security risks related to user data collection or Chinese military or intelligence activities, according to the Associated Press.