Outgoing President Donald Trump doesn’t have a TikTok account, but the video creation application included additional steps he is taking in response to Wednesday’s storm on the U.S. Capitol.
Videos of Trump’s speeches sharing unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud will be removed from the platform for violating TikTok’s misinformation policy.
However, TikTok continues to allow “counter-speech” or the use of videos of Trump or his supporters in videos created by TikTok users to respond to their claims, for example using the app’s green screen effect.
Videos depicting Wednesday’s events at the Capitol are allowed to remain if they are from news organizations or condemn the violence.
TikTok announced last December that it would begin rolling out opt-in screens in addition to videos that some viewers may find graphical or distressing. These screens will be added to updated content related to Wednesday’s events.
Videos containing this screen may still appear in users’ For You feeds, but they will have to choose whether to skip the video or “watch it anyway.”
Finally, TikTok proactively blocks hashtags like #patriotparty and #stormthecapitol, much like it did before for hashtags like #qanon and #stopthesteal. The platform wouldn’t share the full list in order to maintain its security safeguards.
A TikTok spokesperson said, “Hateful behavior and violence have no place on TikTok. Content or accounts designed to incite, glorify, or promote violence violate our community guidelines and will be removed. “