TikTok deletes "unacceptable content," namely related to the war in Ukraine – media
TikTok removes the content it considers "unacceptable." This also applies to videos showing the consequences of the war in Ukraine. The social network is resisting calls to preserve Ukrainian content about russian crimes despite the fact that it is necessary for an international investigation.
As the media writes, the application belongs to the Chinese technology giant ByteDance, which means that China can have direct access to this information. The social network can quickly delete posts that show violence and so-called "unacceptable content," so 90% of potential evidence is lost before anyone sees it.
Since the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, TikTok representatives have met with lawyers and human rights defenders involved in the war crimes investigation, but so far the social network has made no changes to the product, even though they have expressed their commitment to cooperating with law enforcement agencies while respecting the privacy of its users.
At the same time, ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan believes that prosecutors increasingly rely on social media posts, namely on TikTok, in their investigations, as they may record a murder or attack in real time. But the chief prosecutor refused to confirm whether the ICC had officially asked TikTok to provide evidence about the war in Ukraine.
"How will investigators demand information if they don't know it exists? This can have a catastrophic effect for justice for human rights abuses," said lawyer Raquel Vasquez Llorente.
As IMI reported, according to European Disinformation Situation Center's research, Twitter and YouTube ignore Ukraine's requests to take down russian propaganda and hate speech targeting Ukrainians.
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