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TikTok Apologizes For Removing Teen’s Viral Video On Human Rights

The newer social media platform, TikTok, that allows users to share short videos, has gained great popularity recently. So many influencers have shifted their content to this platform and it's definitely turning heads. However, there have been some controversial things that have happened, too, like when they had to pay $5.7 million for violating child privacy and moms have even warned against using it. 

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While they have done good things, too, like helping to raise awareness about emotional abuse with teens dating,  right now, they have an apology to make to one user.

According to Forbes, on November 23, TikTok user Feroza Aziz posted a viral video that was disguised as a beauty tutorial, where she discussed alleged human rights abuses by Chinese authorities towards Uighur Muslims.

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The video in question was taken down from the Chinese-owned platform for exactly 50 minutes on Wednesday. In a statement, TikTok apologized and blamed the move on a “human moderation error.”

Aziz tweeted, "UPDATE: TIK TOK HAS TAKEN DOWN MY VIDEO SPREADING AWARENESS ON THE UYGHUR GENOCIDE. THIS IS PROOF THAT CHINA IS USING TIK TOK TO NOT LET THE TRUTH BE SET FREE. CHINA IS SCARED. @realDonaldTrump is there any way we can discuss?"

She has also shared that this isn't the first time she has been suspended from that platform.

On the other hand, TikTok says that Aziz, who has had more than one TikTok account, had her first account (getmefamousplzsir) suspended on November 14 after she posted a satirical video containing an image of Osama Bin Laden. The video violated its guidelines on terrorism-related imagery, they added.

That same day, she created her second account, (getmefamouspartthree) on the same smartphone she used to create the first account. The second account is where the video criticizing China was posted.

Then, on November 25, is when they platform enforced a device ban on more than 2,000 devices linked to accounts that breached its guidelines, which is how Aziz’s phone was swept up in the account ban. Because of this, she was locked out of her new account, however the account remained active.

The controversy lies within how TikTok handled the situation and suspension of Aziz’s accounts and device. This has then heightened concerns about how the platform is moderated, with Aziz calling the company’s moves “suspicious.”

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