The Beijing-based company- TikTok has banned around two dozen ISIS-affiliated accounts from its service that was responsible for posting extremist propaganda on the app. The ISIS-connected accounts were posting videos in order to recruit followers and increase support for ISIS with videos explicating ISIS anthems and videos of corpses, ISIS fighters and women proclaiming to be ‘jihadist and proud.’
A TikTok spokesperson said that none of the videos had more than double-digit views. It is however not known yet that how wide the ISIS videos went into TikTok’s algorithm as one of the videos had only 68 likes. According to The Wall Street Journal, a number of the accounts had more than 1,000 followers and that the organization is trying to use TikTok to make themselves more appealing.
“Content promoting terrorist organizations have absolutely no place on TikTok. We permanently ban any such accounts and associated devices as soon as identified, and we continuously develop ever-stronger controls to proactively detect suspicious activity. This is an industry-wide challenge complicated by bad actors who actively seek to circumvent protective measures, but we have a team dedicated to aggressively protecting against malicious behavior on TikTok,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement.