On Wednesday, TikTok released a new set of updated community guidelines and among them is a rule explicitly banning content that “denies well-documented and violent events have taken place.”
TikTok spokesperson confirmed to a media portal, The rule falls under the “hateful ideology” section in the new guidelines and would apply to Holocaust denial.
In a 2018 interview, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he wouldn’t ban Holocaust denial on Facebook. “I find [Holocaust denialism] deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong,” Zuckerberg said.
By including this line in its community guidelines TikTok appears to be setting itself apart from older Silicon Valley behemoths like Facebook and YouTube.
For the uninitiated, available in over 150 markets, used in 75 languages globally, and with over 1 billion users, TikTok is one of the most-downloaded apps.
As of October 2019, TikTok is the most-downloaded app in the US, making it the first Chinese app to have achieved such a record.