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TikTok now allows account users to reconsider, moderate comments

Singapore – Short-video platform TikTok has announced two new features that promote ‘kindness’ online and to create a safe and supportive environment in the platform.

The first feature allows TikTok users to filter out comments by deciding which only appears in their public posts. With the new ‘Filter All’ feature enabled, comments aren’t displayed unless the video’s creator approves them using the new comment management tool.

Said feature was built under the premise of an existing collection of comment controls that allow people to filter spam and offensive comments, and specific keywords.

Meanwhile, the second feature is a new comment prompt, which asks people to reconsider posting a comment that may be inappropriate or unkind. It also reminds users about TikTok’s community guidelines and allows them to edit their comments before sharing.

“Creating a safe and positive app environment that allows creative expression to thrive is our priority. We’ll continue to strengthen our safeguards for users, build tools that provide people with more control to shape their experience, and keep listening to feedback from our community and experts,” said Jamin Tan, head of regional product policy, trust, and safety at TikTok APAC.

With the TikTok community growing in number, the company has aimed to launch these new features as a way to focus on what matters to online creators: being creative, finding community, and having fun.

“Part of this fun is engaging with content, sharing ideas, and connecting through comments. Our goal is to promote a positive environment where people support and lift each other up,” the company said in a press statement.

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Pakistan blocks TikTok over “immoral, indecent” content

Pakistan – In a press statement Friday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has revealed that it has issued instructions for the blocking of video-sharing platform TikTok over immoral and indecent content.

The Authority said the decision was made “in view of [a] number of complaints from different segments of the society.” PTA shared that prior to the final blockage, it issued a final notice to the application, giving it considerable time to comply with the instructions to develop a more proactive system of content moderation, with which the company failed to oblige to.

The Authority remains open for engagement with the company and will review its decision until the company has met the “satisfactory” mechanism to moderate “unlawful” content.