The video recommendation algorithm in the ‘For you’ section of music video social network TikTok is making it difficult for the company to stop the spread of a suicide video on the platform.
The social network has stated that it is trying to delete the video that is circulating on the platform in which a man is seen shooting himself with a rifle.
The video initially it was published through a Facebook direct and then began to appear on other social networks such as Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.
Because TikTok videos appear on the section known as’ For you‘, it may be more difficult to prevent users from watching these types of videos.
For that reason, the company has claimed that it is banning accounts that are attempting to repost the video in question, and many creators are posting videos warning their followers that if they see an image of a man with glasses and a gray beard sitting at his desk, stop watching the video.
“Our systems have been automatically detecting and marking these clips for violating our policies against content displaying, praising, glorifying or promoting suicide, “a TikTok spokesperson told The Verge.
“We are banning accounts that try to upload the clips repeatedly and we appreciate that our community members have reported the content and warned others not to view, participate in or share these videos on any platform. out of respect for the person and their family“, has asserted.
In mid-June, TikTok revealed some of the secrets on how your recommendation algorithm works of videos in the ‘For you’ section of the platform.
The system recommends content based on a number of factors, such as user interactions, the videos they like or share, the accounts they follow, the content they create or the comments they post.
It is also based on information from the videos, such as captions, sounds, and hashtags, as well as the account’s device settings, such as language preference, country setting and type of device, although the latter to a lesser extent.