TikTok creators hate speech detection, racial bias

July 2021
Updated: December 2021

TikTok's hate speech detection system stands accused of racial bias by Black creators and rights activists for appearing to block Black content.

Per The Verge, the furore was sparked by Black influencer Ziggi Tyler finding that phrases including 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Black success' were flagged by TikTok as 'inappropriate' when he tried to update his creator profile.

At the same time, TikTok's system allowed phrases such as 'white supremacy' and 'white success'.

TikTok responded by blaming its content moderation technology, and claims it has fixed the error.

Operator: ByteDance/TikTok
Developer: ByteDance/TikTok
Country: USA; Global
Sector: Technology
Purpose: Detect hate speech
Technology: Content moderation system
Issue: Bias/discrimination - race
Transparency: Black box; Governance