TikTok, already under scrutiny over its Chinese ownership and threatened with a possible ban by US President Donald Trump, is facing another major challenge: how to handle content around its first US presidential election.
Originally known for teenagers’ viral dance routines and prank videos, Tiktok is now increasingly a destination for political content from its users. The hashtags Trump2020 and Biden2020 have collectively had more than 12 billion views on the app.
But TikTok’s head of US safety Eric Han, in the first interview he has given about TikTok’s approach to election misinformation, told Reuters his team’s goal is to ensure the app can stay a place for entertainment and “silly self-expression.”
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