September 29, 2019
God knows TikTok needs a good clean up. Will the Chinese be up to the task?
The Daily Stormer is against censorship on principle.
But obscenity is NOT free speech, and these whores are absolutely obscene.
TikTok’s efforts to provide locally sensitive moderation have resulted in it banning any content that could be seen as positive to gay people or gay rights, down to same-sex couples holding hands, even in countries where homosexuality has never been illegal, the Guardian can reveal.
Yeah, that’s more like it – for just this once.
The rules were applied on top of the general moderation guidelines, first reported by the Guardian on Wednesday, which included a number of clauses that banned speech that touched on topics sensitive to China, including Tiananmen Square, Tibet and Falun Gong. ByteDance, the Beijing-based company that owns TikTok, says the moderation guidelines were replaced in May.
As well as the general moderation guidelines, described as the “loose version” to moderators, TikTok ran at least two other sets.
One, the “strict” guidelines, were used in countries with conservative moral codes, and contained a significantly more restrictive set of rules concerning nudity and vulgarity, which ban, for instance, “partially naked buttocks”, exposed cleavage with “a length of more than 1/3 of the whole cleavage length”, and lengthy depictions of sanitary pads.
I’m sick and tired of being constantly exposed to lengthy depictions of sanitary pads.
Sanitary pads can just get REKT for all I care. Explode!
As for butts and cleavage… not far enough.
If they’d at least go a bit further and force all women using the media platform to dress themselves in large garbage bags, it’d at least be funny. That’d be my policy.
The other was a set of guidelines for individual countries, which introduced new rules to deal with specific local controversies – but also further restricted what can be shown. For instance, the Guardian has seen Turkey-specific guidelines in which TikTok explicitly banned a swathe of content related to Kurdish separatism, and adds the country’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to the list of political leaders who cannot be criticised, defamed or spoofed on the platform.
But the local guidelines also barred a host of behaviours which are both legal and accepted in Turkey. Depictions of alcohol consumption were barred, for instance, even though 17% of Turks drink. So too were any depictions of statues of “non-Islamic gods”, with examples given of “Jesus, Maria, angels”.
And an entire section of the rules was devoted to censoring depictions of homosexuality. “Intimate activities (holding hands, touching, kissing) between homosexual lovers” were censored, as were “reports of homosexual groups, including news, characters, music, tv show, pictures”. Similarly blocked was content about “protecting rights of homosexuals (parade, slogan, etc.)” and “promotion of homosexuality”. In all those guidelines, TikTok went substantially further than required by law.
The country-specific guidelines took on a new relevance following the Guardian’s initial reporting on TikTok’s censorship, in which ByteDance said that the guidelines had been retired in May in favour of “localised approaches, including local moderators, local content and moderation policies, local refinement of global policies”.
The Turkey and Strict versions of the moderation guidelines suggest those localised approaches may not be less censorious than the previous centralised approach.
In the Jew-controlled West, all media trends towards being more gay, faggoty and whore-ridden.
In China, all media trends towards being less homosexual and slut-ridden.
And more FUN.