TikTok BANS videos of Trump inciting mob at Capitol Hill as tech firms crack down on US President
TIKTOK has banned videos of Donald Trump inciting people to protest at Capitol Hill because it says they violate its policies.
Videos that feature talk of the riots but condemn violence will be allowed to remain.
Trump later condemned the riots[/caption]
TikTok said in a statement: “Hateful behavior and violence have no place on TikTok.
“Content or accounts that seek to incite, glorify, or promote violence violate our Community Guidelines and will be removed.”
Hashtags that relate to the riot are also being blocked.
These include #stormthecapitol and #patriotparty.
The shocking events took place on Wednesday[/caption]
People who search for hashtags like this will just see a message that says: “No result found. This phrase may be associated with behavior or content that violates our guidelines.
“Promoting a safe and positive experience is TikTok’s top priority.”
TikTok has joined other tech firms in restricting content from Trump and content about the riots.
Rioters broke into the Capitol Hill building in a bid to overthrow the election results[/caption]
Trump was even temporarily locked out of his Twitter account but has since returned and promised a smooth transition of power to Joe Biden.
Biden is supposed to become the US President on January 20 but Trump has disputed his victory.
This is the message TikTok users will see if they search for one of the banned hashtags[/caption]
The shocking events at Capitol Hill on Wednesday erupted just hours after Trump addressed his supporters at a nearby rally.
“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol,” he told his supporters earlier on Wednesday.
“And we’re gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And we’re probably not going to be cheering, so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong.”
Five people have died due to the violent chaos which saw much of the Capitol Hill building smashed and damaged.
Facebook is also removing content supports the storming of the Capitol.
TIKTOK: A BRIEF GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S MOST DOWNLOADED APP
TikTok lets users create and share short videos with music and camera effects.
It is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, founded by the entrepreneur Zhang Yiming.
The $75 billion conglomerate acquired the Musical.ly app in 2017 and merged it with TikTok, bringing millions of new users.
It is the world’s most downloaded iPhone app – with nearly 800 million downloads across the globe, according to data from mobile research firm Sensor Tower.
Facebook has taken notice of TikTok’s rising popularity, and launched a competitor app called Lasso in November last year.
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