In response to criticism regarding its content moderation during the conflict, TikTok provided new information about its actions. Since the October 7th attacks by Hamas, TikTok removed over 925,000 videos from the conflict region and millions of pieces of content globally. The company also noted an increase in fake engagement and removed more than 24 million fake accounts worldwide, along with over half a million bot comments on content related to the conflict.
TikTok has faced scrutiny for how its app recommends content related to the ongoing conflict, with some lawmakers calling for its ban, alleging that TikTok’s algorithm favors pro-Palestinian content. TikTok, however, has defended its actions, stating that these claims are based on unsound analysis of its data.
The company clarified that it aims to prevent the spread of hate speech and misinformation, particularly related to the Israel-Gaza crisis and antisemitism.
In the United States, the hashtag #standwithisrael was viewed 46 million times since October 7, while #standwithpalestine was viewed 29 million times. Other social media platforms like Meta and X (formerly known as Twitter) have also faced scrutiny for their moderation policies in the context of the conflict.