- Kabomo has made it knowns that he believes TikTok is facilitating racial content
- Sharing his views with his followers, Kabomo explained how he believes TikTok is filtering things based on race but is not stopping the distribution of racial content
- Tik Tok denied to the allegations, adding that the platform strives for diversity
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Musician and actor Kabomo has jumped on the anti-TikTok train, calling it a platform that discriminates against people of colour. He has urged his fans to stop using it.
There has been a lot of negative attention surrounding TikTok lately and for a bunch of different reasons. The social media platform is definitely under scrutiny.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Kabomo has gone on a TikTok boycott over the fact that the platform decided to filter Black Lives Matter movement contend. He feels this is a racial attack that needs to be noted.
When TikTok started sifting content, peeps felt it was a form of censorship and started making it known. TikTok tried to cover it up by blaming it on technical issues, however, no one was falling for it.
Kabomo explained how he sees TikTok as a racist platform not only because it sifts Black Lives Matter movement content but because it allows for racial content to be made.
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“TikTok is racist. The two white college students who made that racist video ... they did it on TikTok. Did TikTok remove it? No. But do you know what TikTok did do? Block anything with the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd on it.”
Taking to social media, Kabomo urged his black followers to ditch the platform and make it known that what they are doing is not okay.
“Black people get off TikTok. Stop making them money when it is clear that they hate you.”
Kabomo went on to let his followers know that TikTok uses facial feature recognition to filter your content.
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Artificial intelligence researcher Marc Faddoul took to Twitter earlier this year and backed up the statement Kabomo made about the facial recognition function that TikTok uses.
TikTok has responded to the allegations and denied them vehemently. In a statement released to Briefly.co.za, the social media platform said:
"At TikTok, we believe the strength in diversity of our community is what makes our platform such an amazing and wonderful place. Racism and discrimination have no place on TikTok".
The global platform went on to add that their community guidelines are tailored to protect users from all backgrounds.
TikTok explained that a technical glitch, last month, resulted in #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd posts receiving 0 views. According to them, the videos under both hashtags have garnered over 32 billion views.
"Our goal is for TikTok to feel like home for people everywhere."
Briefly.co.za previously reported a heart-warming video has gone viral on several social media platforms showing a nine-year-old girl's emotional message following the death of George Floyd.
The little girl is visibly emotional as she stands up before thousands of people during the Black Lives Matter protest at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.
She condemned the killing of people of colour and said: "Black lives matter just as much as white lives." The video was originally shared on TikTok but has since surfaced on other platforms like Twitter.
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