Tiktok’s real-life frenzies from riots to false murder accusations
As a result of TikTok, there has been an increase in anti-social behavior on the streets.
Ex-employees say the issue is not being addressed because the social media app’s business might slow down.
TikTok frenzies – where TikTok drives disproportionately high engagement to certain topics – are evidenced by interviews with former employees, app users and social media analyses. As a result, everyday life has been disrupted and disordered.
According to the investigation, TikTok’s algorithm and design allow people to see videos they wouldn’t normally see – which, in turn, encourages people to do unusual things in their own videos.
Previously, TikTok has distanced itself from outbreaks of disorder, such as the threatened looting of London’s Oxford Street last month, which politicians blamed on the app.
The app’s ex-staffers describe these frenzies as “wildfires” and describe them as “dangerous”, especially since its audience tends to be young and impressionable.
In a statement, TikTok told us that its “algorithm brings together communities while prioritizing safety”. To interrupt repetitive patterns, remove “harmful misinformation” and reduce the reach of videos with unverified information, YouTube recommends different types of content.