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An investigation shows how they hid cases of child abuse on TikTok

By hiding the videos in private, users were able to distribute child sexual content.

A series of practices have been discovered with which some accounts are posting and sharing videos of child sexual abuse on TikTok. The investigation found that some of this content was unreportable.

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Users take advantage of the privacy of the accounts to go unnoticed and to that they add a different language so that others can find the videos, bypassing the policies of the application.

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Child abuse on TikTok

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As found by Forbes, the accounts that spread the videos are set to post-private to hide the content and then give access to whoever wants to see it.

His method starts like any other post by making it public for the algorithm to suggest to others. Later, they are hidden to limit visibility by placing them in the private section.

By hiding the videos in private, users were able to distribute child sexual content.
By hiding the videos in private, users were able to distribute child sexual content.
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In addition, they use a punctual language to be discovered by those who are interested in the content and hide from others. “Deliberate typos like ‘prvt,’ slang like ‘priv,’ confusing phrases like ‘postprivt,’ and hashtags like #postinprvts,” are the terms Forbes found to distribute and invite others to join.

Along with the explicit videos, it is highlighted that websites are also shared where you can find more of this type of video.

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A user of the social network, named Seara Adair, He assures in the investigation that he was a victim of child abuse and that he has tried to report the videos, but the platform informs him that they do not violate community standards. Something that the outlet also tried to do and received the same message.

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By hiding the videos in private, users were able to distribute child sexual content.
By hiding the videos in private, users were able to distribute child sexual content.

It wasn’t until they spoke to a spokeswoman for TikTok that the posts began to have a warning. “This content may be associated with child sexualized content. Creating, viewing or sharing this content is illegal and can have serious consequences.”

In addition, the representative made it clear that he has “zero tolerance for child sexual abuse material” and that “this abhorrent behavior is strictly prohibited” on the social network.

And he added that when they are aware of these publications, they delete them, block the accounts and make reports to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States.

The spokeswoman assured that all the videos uploaded on the platform are examined by artificial intelligence and in some cases by humans to verify that they comply with the rules, even those that are uploaded privately and are only visible to the account itself.

Live broadcasts for adults

The new policy of TikTok sets the minimum age to be able to broadcast live at 18 years of age. Eligible users with at least 1,000 followers can start streaming and use the monetization features.

Those over the age of 16 can access direct messages, while those over the age of 18 can send virtual gifts.

TikTok also announced that it will enable the Mature Broadcasting, a feature designed for programs dealing with sensitive topics that are not suitable for minors. Therefore, that content will not appear in the recommendations for children under 18 years of age.

For this, the platform has reinforced more tools to avoid abuse during live shows, such as filtering specific words to limit inappropriate comments.

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