ISIS reportedly using TikTok mobile app for recruitment

Published By ITCT News Desk On : October 24, 2019
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Short-form video platform TikTok has removed two-dozen accounts for posting propaganda for the Islamic State, Georgia Wells at The Wall Street Journal reported.

Videos featuring ISIS fighters with guns, corpses, and Islamic State songs were posted to the app, according to the Journal. Some of the videos reportedly targeted potential future fighters, with shots glorifying militants set to ISIS songs. Others seemed to target young girls, reportedly using the term “jihad lover,” and women calling themselves “jihadist and proud.” The videos also used TikTok’s in-app features, like filters and hearts.

Promoting terrorism is specifically banned under TikTok’s community policy, which states that terrorist organizations and any other criminal organizations are banned from using TikTok.

The Islamic State has recruited members through social media since the group’s infancy, which has caused trouble for other tech companies like Facebook as it tries to delete content that promotes violence, in accordance with its community standards. TikTok now has thousands of content moderators in China and the US, according to WSJ.

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