TikTok Apologizes for Banning “Black” Terms But Allowing “White Supremacist”


Black comedian Ziggi Tyler called out TikTok over discrepancies in how the platform

flags inappropriate content. In a viral TikTok video, Tyler demonstrated how TikTok

allows bios to include words like “neo-Nazi,” “pro-White,” and “White supremacist” but

bans terms such as “pro-Black,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Black success,” and “Black


“If I go into the Creator Marketplace and I put supporting white supremacy and I hit

accept, it’s okay and it lets me have my ads and revenue,” Tyler said. “But God forbid, let

me put ‘Black Lives Matters’ on there — watch, it’s a threat. Boom, innapropiate content.

Can’t say that. I cannot say ‘Black people,’ this is my screen recording and this is why I’m

pissed the f*** off, we’re tired, we’re tired. Okay, ‘Black success.’ Boom, inappropriate

content. Anything Black related is inappropriate content. ‘Black,’ can’t say it, but let’s

take that out of the equation. ‘White success,’ the same thing, it’s allowed. ‘Pro white,’

‘white voices,’ it’s accepted, $500.”

After Tyler’s viral video caused the social media platform to face backlash from its users,

a TikTok spokesperson released a statement attributing the discrepancy to a fault in the

company’s algorithm.

“Our TikTok Creator Marketplace protections, which flag phrases typically associated

with hate speech, were erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order,”

the statement read. “We recognize and apologize for how frustrating this was to

experience, and our team has fixed this significant error. To be clear, Black Lives Matter

does not violate our policies and currently has over 27 billion views on our platform.”

Since TikTok’s statement, Tyler claims ‘Black’ phrases are still being flagged and that the

ability for him to stitch or duet his content has been disabled. Tyler’s issue with TikTok

comes amid Black TikTok users going on “strike” due to White content creators profiting

off of their original posts.

Source: Forbes

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