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TikTok says on ‘high alert’, ‘aggressively’ removing hateful content after GE15

KUALA LUMPUR, November 22 – Social media platform TikTok today said it remains on “high alert”, after online audiences released clips of young people on TikTok discussing the race riots and violence of May 13, 1969 after the 15th general election.

In a statement, TikTok said it will also “aggressively remove” content that violates its community guidelines, including video, audio, live stream, images, comments, links or any other text.

“At TikTok, we have zero tolerance against any form of hate speech and violent extremism. Regarding May 13 content, we promptly removed videos that violated our Community Guidelines,” he said. declared.

It also urged community members to use its in-app reporting feature to report harmful content immediately: long-pressing on a video until a prompt appears for users to click “Report “.

“Since the run-up to the election, we have been in constant communication with the relevant bodies, including the MCMC, regarding accounts involved in serious or repeat violations on the platform,” he added, referring at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. .

YesterdayInspector General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani has told social media users to stop misusing the platforms to spread content considered provocative as it will cause public unrest.

Social media users have reported that TikTok posts warning of a possible repeat of the deadly May 13, 1969 race riots have been found on TikTok with hundreds of thousands of views, most directed at Pakatan Harapan supporters.

Many videos also falsely alleged DAP political dominance if PH formed the federal government, spread anti-Chinese messages, and openly threatened violence.

Some have also questioned the religiosity of Malaysian Muslims who voted for the DAP, insinuating that no Muslim would ever vote for the party.

Among the hashtags used for the posts were links to Perikatan Nasional, which is also trying to form the federal government.