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TikTok strengthens its security to protect users from dangerous challenges and hoaxes

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TikTok Has launched a distribution program based on what is known as.FAQ Voldemort ” (Voldemort question), A concept that seeks to address commonly unspoken topics such as mental health issues, suicide and self-harm, Features that many users of the app can definitely go for.

To implement this project, a survey was conducted on 10,000 participants, including children and adults, from various countries around the world. The initiative aims to analyze the situation of adolescents in Dictok and at this point “is usually a period associated with high risk taking.” Therefore, TikTok’s idea is to analyze how this trend affects young people participating in challenges.

TikTok logo.  September 15, 2020. REUTERS / Mike Blake / File Photo
TikTok logo. September 15, 2020. REUTERS / Mike Blake / File Photo

Study results

This study asked teens to describe how dangerous the online challenge they have recently seen is. In this sense, 48% of respondents Assumes challenges are safe and categorizes them as fun or carefree. In the meantime, 32% It states that it has some risks, but is still safe. On the other hand, 14% It is considered risky and dangerous and 3% of people say that online challenges are very dangerous. In the same way, Only 0.3% He admitted to participating in a challenge that he described as very dangerous.

By analyzing the risks of each challenge, users choose to watch videos of others participating in the challenge, read comments, and talk to friends. So, from TikTok, One of the most important steps in keeping a teenager safe is to offer advice on how to assess potential risk., And nearly 46% of users have requested “comprehensive and good information about risks”.

Dangerous challenges on TikTok.  (Photo:
Dangerous challenges on TikTok. (Photo:

Hoaxes that put TikTok users at risk

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In this context, all deceptions and messages about suicide and self-harm that express negative misconceptions are particularly relevant. There are many examples of online games that encourage children to participate in movements that lead to self-harm. This type of cheating often gets a quick response from parents, teachers, sites and the media.

The truth is more complicated because the study found that while spreading warnings may seem trivial 31% are adolescents Exposure to these disappointments had a negative impact And this 63% a Negative impact on your mental health.

TikTok Teen, Author, Parent and Guardian Survey.  (Photo: Mobility Zone)
TikTok Teen, Author, Parent and Guardian Survey. (Photo: Mobility Zone)

Looking at the chart, parents and guardians agree that it is not safe to talk about this type of cheating and gambling. And more than 56% Minor said they would not mention a hoax involving self-harm until it was first brought up. And 37% on parents They said it was “hard to talk about hoaxes they don’t like.”

TikTok is making changes to its policy

In doing so, TikTok decided to continue to suppress the spread of these hoaxes, but considered the hoaxes and decided to remove the scary warnings for fear that they might be harmful.

Alexandra Evans, Responsible for Dictok’s public safety policies, Mentioned about this issue: “TikTok will allow conversations to ease panic and promote accurate information.”

“On the one hand, it is encouraging to note that only 0.3% of adolescents participate in high-risk challenges, but it is important that this is not described as a finished job. Having strong policies is an important part of our mission to protect the community, and these policies need to be accompanied by strong detection and enforcement action.” Evans finished.

Alexandra Evans, Dictok's defense chief.  (Photo: Evening Standard)
Alexandra Evans, Dictok’s defense chief. (Photo: Evening Standard)

In this sense, Dictoc has developed technology capable of alerting security teams about a sudden increase in aggressive content associated with the tag., And is now expanding to catch dangerous behavior.

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