Following the Israeli-Hamas conflict, the EU called on TikTok boss Shou Zi Chew to “urgently step up” efforts, and “spell out” within 24 hours how it was complying with European law on Friday. It was observed that social media platforms have seen a surge of misinformation about the conflict with doctored images and wrongly labelled videos designed to whip up sentiments to escalate violence.
In a letter to TikTok on Friday, EU commissioner Thierry Breton warned TikTok needed to be mindful of its popularity with young people and “protect children and teenagers from violent content and terrorist propaganda as well as death challenges and potentially life-threatening content”.
TikTok said it “immediately” took action to counter misinformation after the EU warned the platform following the attack by Hamas on Israel.
TikTok said it had removed violent content and accounts.
“We immediately mobilised significant resources and personnel to help maintain the safety of our community and integrity of our platform,” the company said in a statement on Sunday.
The EU also handed YouTube, X and Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, similar warnings about misinformation, along with a 24-hour deadline.
TikTok, owned by a Chinese firm ByteDance, said it had created a command centre, and enhanced its automated detection systems to remove graphic and violent content.
The EU introduced new laws in August 2023 to regulate the kind of content that will be permitted online.
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