“My face has broke the internet.”
That’s what 16-year-old beauty pageant winner Eva Grant reportedly told her mother when TikTok banned her account, according to BBC Look North (North East and Cumbria). The account posted pictures of her struggle with cystic acne along with encouraging messages for those suffering from similar conditions.
Grant explained to BBC Radio York what happened. "It didn't fit them because of my skin, because it was gruesome content," she alleged.
It appears that the platform censored Grant’s account under its “Violent and graphic content” section of its Community Guidelines which prohibits “content that is gratuitously shocking, graphic, sadistic, or gruesome” including “gore in which an open wound or injury is the core focus.”
When MRC Free speech America reached out to the platform, TikTok admitted fault. "At TikTok we are driven to provide a platform for creative authentic self-expression. We are open about the fact that we don't get every moderation decision right and have reinstated Eva's account,” said a TikTok spokesperson. We hope Eva continues to use TikTok to offer encouragement and advice to others, and to share her story."
On paper, the platform has a strict policy against bullying but this isn’t the first time TikTok was caught censoring users based on their appearance.
The Intercept reported on internal TikTok documents that reveal the platform allegedly told its moderators to suppress videos from users with “ugly facial looks,” “obvious facial scars,” “too many wrinkles,” “abnormal body shape,” “eye disorders,” and many other traits deemed “less attractive” by TikTok. “The video will be much less attractive, not worthing to be recommended to new users,” the document reads.
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