Chinese-app TikTok has now improved its user access for their increasing number of users, around the globe.
The app has announced that they will soon start putting warning notifications on each video that they will find ‘unverified’ or questionable.
This new feature could have resulted due to reported few cases of insensitive, sexual, and misleading videos that were initially posted before.
TikTok’s new feature: Here’s a warning
TikTok will start to apply its warning notifications for unverified videos, being posted by accounts and re-shared by other users.
This is what The Verge reported on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
According to the report, the warning signal displays “Caution: Video flagged for unverified content,” gives a heads-up to the viewers if the video they’re about to be watch shows inaccurate information.
This also means that a fact-checker is checking all the videos of each accounts from the platform. Though TikTok has not specified any details of how the company’s fact-checking works.
What will happen to creators and viewers?
Just like before, any creators and viewers can still watch the unverified videos, if they wanted to.
However, the creators must now be careful on posting anything on the platform, which could trigger the warning prompt.
When it comes to viewers, the same rule applies. Once you’ve seen a warning prompt on the screen, you may or may not share the video if you want to.
This means, TikTok will warn you when something are unverified or sensitive content pops in your feed, but you still have a choice to share it to other platforms and users.
Is this new?
Interestingly, the application of warning prompts on TikTok are no longer new feature from the app.
Since the pandemic started, videos that mention or related to Coronavirus stories have always warning prompt below the video. It tells that viewers should first verify all information they see on the platform through US’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), before believing on anything they see on the platform.
They also apply this warning prompt on videos that show violence, and harmful events.
TikTok’s long history of overlooked videos
TikTok, as one of the most famous video-sharing apps in the US, has surely experienced a lot of troubles with all its contents online.
Since it has millions of users posting everyday videos, it is quite understandable that some videos may be overlooked from time to time.
In fact, over the past weeks, several sexual videos were posted—for a long time—on the platform before they were fully removed.
These include the viral “Buss it challenge” of the woman wearing a white robe while dancing and revealing sexual content.
Comments on the video said that the upload went online for couple of hours, before TikTok removed it.
Aside that, few reports about the app also entail issues on promoting misinformation on viewers, especially about the pandemic and even during the past US elections.
So far, TikTok has not yet detailed when the feature will start rolling.
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