ISIS posted recruitment, promotional videos to TikTok: report

ISIS posted recruitment, promotional videos to TikTok: report
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The China-based social media giant TikTok has reportedly banned roughly two dozen accounts promoting content linked to ISIS.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that videos posted by the accounts showed violent and graphic images including corpses being paraded through the streets of territory formerly held by ISIS, as well as recruitment messages urging youth to join the terrorist organization.


Some of the videos appeared to be posted on the platform within the past month, according to the Journal, despite U.S. efforts to drive ISIS out of Iraq and Syria. The group lost its last territory in Syria earlier this year.

A spokeswoman for the platform told the Journal that the company has a team assigned to removing malicious users from the platform, but stressed that the issue is an industry-wide problem. 

“This is an industry-wide challenge complicated by bad actors who actively seek to circumvent protective measures, but we have a team dedicated to aggressively protecting against malicious behavior on TikTok,” she said.

“We permanently ban any such accounts and associated devices as soon as identified, and we continuously develop ever-stronger controls to proactively detect suspicious activity,” the spokeswoman added.

TikTok stands out among social media companies due to its popularity with younger users, and has worked to remove political content from its platform. Earlier this month, the company reemphasized its ban on political advertisements, stating that the app's “primary focus is on creating an entertaining, genuine experience for our community."

Twitter, another social media giant, announced last year that it had banned more than 150,000 accounts in an effort to fight promotion of terrorism on its platform in the second half of 2018.