TikTok Moderators Were Told To Not Promote Posts From Users Who Are Ugly, Poor, Overweight, Or Disabled
Welp, now I know why my TikTok fame never took off. It seems that new leaks of company guidelines have revealed that they don’t really want ugly or poor people being shown on the main page. Only the rich, sexy, gorgeous, and skinny people deserve the promotion. They went above and beyond some “No fats, no fems!” shit.
The Intercept got their hands on company guidelines from China (TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance). The guidelines revealed that TikTok moderators were told to stop “ugly facial looks” from appearing in the “For You” section of their app, which is on the main page. They were also told to not promote a user with an “abnormal body shape”, “beer belly” or “too many wrinkles.” Also, if a video was in “dilapidated housing” or “slums” it was not to be promoted in the section. A portion translated from Chinese to English reads:
“If the character’s appearance or the shooting environment is not good, the video will be much less attractive, not worthing to be recommended to new users.”
TikTok got into trouble before when similar policies were revealed and showed they discriminated against LGBTQ users and users with disabilities in the same “For You” section. And Lizzo called them out a while ago for removing her bikini videos. TikTok is only for pretty and skinny idiots, okay?
A spokesperson confirmed that these policies once existed but claims they were “an early blunt attempt at preventing bullying” and are no longer used. And a spokesperson also told The Verge that those discriminatory guidelines were regional. Ahh, so only ugly, fat, poor Chinese people can’t get on TikTok! I guess ugly, fat, poor Americans are cool?
The Guardian also reports that TikTok live streams banned “controversial content” like talking about Tiananmen Square protests, Tibet and Taiwan, police, or criticism of “political or religious leaders.” A spokesperson claimed they stopped using those guidelines back in May 2019.
So let’s see, TikTok discriminated against anyone who they didn’t think was attractive or skinny enough? It’s just like real life! And in possibly related news, Jillian Michaels has announced that she’s quitting the fitness game and is answering her true calling to be a full-time moderator at TikTok.