LGBTQ TikTok Moderation Guideline Ban
Obviously, I am not a pro-user of TikTok so I can’t say that I know much about it. I have an account with a few followers. It seems to be skewered to a much younger demographic.
Even so they don’t seem to ban or censor LGBT content on their platform. Just going through the hashtags you can easily find lots of gay videos
The company that owns this APP is Chinese based Bytedance which claims that all of the data is being stored in Singapore.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Singapore face challenges not faced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal (even if consensual and committed in private), and the Attorney-General of Singapore has declared that prosecutions under Section 377A occasionally still occur, although sources state that the law is not well enforced, and is being challenged in courts. Same-sex relationships are not recognized under the law, and adoption of children by same-sex couples is illegal. No anti-discrimination protections exist for LGBT people.Wiki
In addition this Guardian article from September 2019 claims:
TikTok’s efforts to provide locally sensitive moderation have resulted in it banning any content that could be seen as positive to gay people or gay rights, down to same-sex couples holding hands, even in countries where homosexuality has never been illegal, the Guardian can reveal.TheGuardian
LGBTQ Algorithm Reach Limit
Finally this more recent article claims:
“Auto R” seemingly applied to a broad category of people. It could cover disabilities like the ones mentioned above, but Netzpolitik.org describes TikTok limiting the reach of “fat and self-confident” users, LGBT users, or users with autism — in other words, categories of people particularly likely to face abuse online. As the article notes, though, these categories could be difficult to judge simply from profiles or videos. And while the policy was meant to prevent bullying, it did so by punishing the likely victims.TheVerge
Besides all that the APP is at the time based in China which clearly censors everything.. not just LGBT content.
I’m updating this post to include a recent controversy about the removal of a New Years Eve same sex post:
What happens when a man kisses his boyfriend at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve and posts it on the video-sharing social network, TikTok? The post is removed because it’s a violation of the platform’s community guidelines. That’s exactly what happened to me this New Year’s.Campaign Live
They blamed a human error..