Select Page

NEW

What is Happening on TikTok: Shadowbanning and Censorship

The social media app TikTok EXPLODED in 2020, partially due to downtime during the pandemic. The rise of a new platform led to a burst of content creators who finally had the time and means to try and make it as a creator. TikTok has helped creators gain recognition...

Google Search Blacklists Major Conservative Websites in New Censorship Purge

Google search has blacklisted numerous major conservative websites by removing them from results in what appears to be a major new censorship purge.Breitbart, the Daily Caller, Infowars, Human Events and Red State are all missing when a user searches directly for...

Revealed: how TikTok censors videos that do not please Beijing

TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned social network, instructs its moderators to censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or the banned religious group Falun Gong, according to leaked documents detailing the site’s moderation guidelines. The...

The White House Just Confirmed Facebook Works as a Government Censorship Tool

Speaking to reporters at the White House Thursday afternoon, Press Secretary Jen Psaki explained how the White House and the federal government are working to flag posts on Facebook which they see as "problematic.   "We're flagging problematic posts for Facebook...

Twitter’s Censorship Method

Dorsey doesn’t seem to regret his company’s partisan favoritism.What a depressing spectacle. On Wednesday the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on online speech, questioning the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey was the focus, two...

Facebook Censorship Board Member: Free Speech Is Not A Human Right

Thorning-Schmidt argued in favor of Facebook’s oversight board colluding with other tech oligarchs to create a mass digital suppression campaign.Free speech is not a human right, according to prominent Facebook censorship board member Helle Thorning-Schmidt. “What...

How Facebook censors your posts (FAQ)

High-profile videos involving the police and the black community have put a spotlight on the mess that is Facebook's censorship policies. We've put together the FAQ Facebook lacks to help you understand how, when and why you're being censored.After Korryn Gaines...

Right or Left, You Should Be Worried About Big Tech Censorship

Conservatives are being censored Claiming that “right-wing voices are being censored,” Republican-led legislatures in Florida and Texas have introduced legislation to “end Big Tech censorship.” They say that the dominant tech platforms block legitimate speech without...

Five Times Google Was Caught Red Handed on Bias and Censorship

Could Google swing an election? A string of leaks over the past four years suggests the tech giant has gone above and beyond to suppress conservative, independent media and the Trump movement. Twitter has attracted much attention in recent weeks for its brazen, highly...

Google admits to censoring the World Socialist Web Site

By Robert Epstein ContributorJune 22, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. In a statement before a Senate hearing on October 28, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, admitted that the dominant online search company has censored the World Socialist Web Site. At...

Welcome to TikTok’s endless cycle of censorship and mistakes

Ziggi Tyler is part of TikTok’s Creator Marketplace, a private platform where brands can connect with the app’s top creators. And last week, he noticed something pretty disturbing about how the creator bios there were being automatically moderated.

When he tried to enter certain phrases in his bio, some of them—“Black lives matter,” “supporting black people,” “supporting black voices,” and “supporting Black success”—were flagged as inappropriate content. But white versions of the same phrases were acceptable.

“If I go into the Creator Marketplace and put ‘supporting white supremacy’ and hit accept, it’s OK,” he said in a TikTok video, standing in front of what he said was a video capture of him doing just that on his own phone. To get listed on the marketplace, he had to delete what he’d written.

In a follow up video, Tyler showed the phrases “I am a neo nazi” and “I am an anti semetic” getting accepted, while “I am a black man” was flagged. The story blew up, driven in part by an audience that was already frustrated by the way in which Black creators are treated on TikTok. In a comment to Insider, a company spokesperson apologized for the “significant” error and said that what Tyler was seeing was a result of an automatic filter set to block words associated with hate speech. The system, it said, was “erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order.” The company told recode that this particular error came from the inclusion of the words “Black” and “audience,” because its hate speech detection picked up on the “die” in “audience” and flagged the pairing as inappropriate.

Previous

Next

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *