Kids’ app TikTok removes dozens of ISIS propaganda accounts trying to enlist young terrorists
TikTok, the song-and-dance social media app that spiked in popularity this year, removed around two dozen accounts from its platform after they posted terrorist propaganda, specifically to enlist youngsters.
According to a WSJ report, the terror group is attempting to use the TikTok platform to make it more appealing.
Social media intelligence agency Storyful identified two dozen accounts spreading terrorist propaganda via TikTok.
These accounts posted videos that showed corpses paraded through streets, ISIS terrorists with guns, and women who call themselves “jihadist and proud”.
“We pledge allegiance till death,” voices sang in Arabic in one propaganda post apparently uploaded in recent weeks.
The videos were edited in an attempt to brainwash young people, using flower icons, hearts, and catchy music. Some accounts had more than 1,000 followers.
“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,” a TikTok spokesperson said.
TikTok, which is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, claimed some 500 million users globally last year, making it one of the most popular social apps, as teens flock to the app to make light-hearted pranks, comedy sketches, and lip-syncing videos.
ISIS regularly uses propaganda spread on popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to recruit Muslim terrorists.
It seems TikTok is the latest to fall victim to the terror group’s social media campaigns.