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TikTok Hates Disabled, Fat, And Queer People? | Rikki Poynter

Hello, and welcome back to the channel
and Vlogmas. Today, we’re gonna be talking about TikTok, which I think is a first for me. Now, I do have a TikTok channel,
which I have not yet uploaded to, but perhaps I shouldn’t because, apparently, TikTok is going to suppress
everything that I upload. So, I came across this article
on Twitter titled, ‘TikTok Admits It Suppressed Videos
by Disabled, Queer, and Fat Creators’. Now, before we get through
reading that article, if you’re interested in more
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for the month of December. Alright, let’s read on, shall we? “TikTok, a social network video app
with more than 1 billion downloads globally, admitted Tuesday to a set of policies
that had suppressed the reach of content created by users assumed to be
‘vulnerable to cyberbullying’. As examples of users
‘susceptible to bullying or harassment’, the policy listed people
with facial disfigurement, autism, Down syndrome,
and disabled people or people with some facial problems
such as birthmarks, slight squint, and etc.” Alright, what’s their stance
on people with deaf accents and speech impediments? Because I often, OK,
every once in a while get called a (BLEEP) and other things in my comments
every once in a while on here and on Twitch. “The admission came
after the German site Netzpolitik reported that TikTok asked moderators
to watch 15-second videos and decide if the creator
looked like the type of person others might want to bully. If so, moderators were instructed
to add flags to the account of these ‘vulnerable’ users. These flags would stop their videos
from being shown to audiences outside of their home country
and, in some cases, would prevent their videos
from appearing in other users’ feeds. A list of flagged users obtained by Netzpolitik included people with and without disabilities whose bios included hashtags
like #fatwoman and #disabled or had rainbow flags
and other LGBTQ identifiers.” So, what I’m getting at
is TikTok is not showing videos by disabled, fat, and/or queer creators
to other countries in hopes that nobody’s going to
talk about them badly, even though that could still happen
in their creators’ home countries. I wanna continue reading this
before I give out my full thoughts. OK, let’s go. “Among those who found out
their content had been supressed was Annika, or ‘Miss_Anni21’,
a 21-year-old, self-described fat woman with 23,000 TikTok followers. Although Annika’s videos have attracted
both positive and negative comments, she told Netzpolitik that the action
was ‘discriminatory’ and ‘inhuman’.” (SPEAKS GERMAN) “A TikTok spokesperson told Netzpolitik, ‘This approach was never intended
to be a long-term solution,’ and said the policies were no longer in use. TikTok also said,
‘While the intention was good,'” Really? “‘The approach was wrong and we have long since changed
the earlier policy in favour of more nuanced
anti-bullying policies and in-app protection.’ Despite TikTok’s statement,
Netzpolitik has identified the rules were in place
as recently as September.” And we are now in December,
and this article was posted in December. “The team at TikTok
that developed the video suppression policy may have earnestly believed
it was a helpful reaction to the scourge…” Helpful reaction to bullying people receive. Let’s put it that way. “Online harassment remains
an intractable problem, and people with disabilities
are among those disproportionately targeted.” Point. “One study found that, in Boston, students with disabilities were 1.8 times
as likely as their peers to be victims of cyberbullying.” Point. “And yet, the same study, authored by Miriam Heyman
of the Ruderman Family Foundation, also found that students with disabilities
were also more likely to receive support from others
via social media. For members of any minority group,
social media provides an opportunity to connect with others
with shared experiences, to find role models
and content reflecting their own life that isn’t represented in traditional media.” Very, very true,
and I’m very thankful for social media because that has provided me
with opportunities and friends that I would not have if it wasn’t a thing. “Some even translate their reach into dollars. Aaron Philip,” love her, “a disabled, trans influencer, won modelling contracts
with Sephora and Dove after going viral on Twitter. And Keah Brown landed a book deal
with Simon & Schuster for her essay collection ‘The Pretty One’ after her hashtag, #disabledandcute, took off. And then,
it talks about more of these opportunities, but let’s keep going to the suppressing stuff. “Facebook has also come under fire
for its policies toward disabled people. Earlier this year,
the social network removed a video containing a sexy picture
of amputee Vicky Balch on the Facebook page of Ability Access, which promotes the disabled community. ‘You will have to understand
that some people see disability as disturbing.’ After a backlash, the company apologised
for its choice of words, although it declined to restore the video, saying that Balch’s partial nudity
violated standards around adult content, not any policies
related to people with disabilities.” There are abled women
who are posting lingerie photos on Facebook that still have their photos on there. So, I’m sorry. What? Also, yeah, I remember when Facebook said, “You will have to understand
that some people see disability as disturbing.” And… This also happened to Chris
from Special Books by Special Kids. I can’t remember the full name
of this channel right now. But a video was taken down
or an image was blurred or something because the picture was of someone
who is a burn victim and that kind of raised some backlash. And, at the end of the day,
that whole situation went viral, and the man, the boy,
was able to get so much money for his medical bills. That part was awesome. But the fact that Facebook was doing
this sort of thing was not awesome. “There’s been a lot of debate about whether social media companies
should ‘deplatform’ bullies, but the solution is certainly not
to deplatform the target of those attacks.” Yeah, because here’s what happens. And I don’t know what the rest
of this article’s about to say, but I wanna say this. TikTok is no better than the people
who would be making some sort of comment. What TikTok is or was, depending on what their policies
actually still are at the time of filming this, what they’re doing is no better
than what these other people are doing because they are also
oppressing disabled people by making sure that their content
doesn’t get anywhere. You are taking away
potential work opportunities from disabled people because you think that we need to be babied. I agree that nobody needs to be bullied,
disabled people or anyone. I get what you’re trying to do, but really, you’re no better, TikTok. You’re not being any better
because you’re also being ableist. Social media’s important to so many of us
because, like I said earlier, social media is what has given
so many of us opportunities. Book deals and modelling deals,
acting deals, etc, etc, have come because of social media because us going out into the real world,
into the mainstream, able world, has done nothing good for so many of us. Social media has saved lives,
and TikTok in doing this has taken that away. Oh, that’s the end of the article.
(LAUGHS) If you are going to make it
so that you are going to suppress or deplatform someone, a group of people, make it the bullies. Don’t make it us,
because what did we do wrong? We did absolutely nothing wrong
unless, apparently, it’s just existing. You think that just existing
or trying to make a living or an opportunity, you think that’s something
wrong and violating. Obviously, Facebook thinks that’s violating. Actually, are TikTok and Facebook
owned by the same people? TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook? So, maybe that’s not so shocking that Facebook and TikTok
both have thought of this. It’s also just weird that they were like, “We’re gonna suppress you
in other countries, so other people won’t be able to yell at you
and make fun of you. But, hey, if it happens
in your home country, oh well.” That makes absolutely
no sense to me whatsoever. I don’t agree with bullying. I don’t agree with oppressing disabled people,
fat people, LGBT queer people, and I say that as a bisexual,
deaf, disabled woman. But this is not the way to go. As much as I do not like getting comments
every once in a while calling me a (BLEEP), and, why does she sound (BLEEP)? And why does she sound like this and that? She sounds like a man or whatever. Let me deal with that. You’re not helping me by acting like I’m two and that I can’t take care of myself. I’ll delete the comments. I’ll ban the people that do these things. Let me make those decisions
and take care of myself. You don’t need to be doing that for me because you’re actually making my life
and my work a lot more difficult by doing something like that. Anyway, that’s my thought on this article. Hopefully, they say that this policy
is no longer in place, but who knows? If you have a TikTok,
let me know how you like it. I should probably upload something on there like I was planning to
about a month or so ago. But, hey, if you wanna follow me,
I’ll have it up here somewhere. Hopefully, I’ll get something uploaded. What do people upload on TikTok? I don’t even know. I feel like I should take advantage,
but I have no idea what to upload. If you’d like to translate this video, I will have a translation link
down below in the description box. Thank you for taking the time
out of your day to watch this video. And I will see you later. Bye. (PIANO MUSIC)

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