TikTok Russia/Ukraine war disinformation

March 2022

An investigation by anti-misinformation company NewsGuard has discovered that people opening new accounts on TikTok are quickly shown misinformation and disinformation about the Russia/Ukraine war.

Having set up a pair of tests to see how TikTok handled information about the war, Newsguard found that a new account that simply scrolled the app’s For You feature and watched videos about the conflict would be shown false or misleading content within 40 minutes.

According to the Newsguard researchers, 'none of the videos ... contained any information about the trustworthiness of the source, warnings, fact-checks, or additional information that could empower users with reliable information.'

TikTok says it will open transparency and accountability centres in Los Angeles, Washington DC and Dublin that will allow experts to assess its content moderation system, processes and policies.

Operator: ByteDance/TikTok
Developer:
ByteDance/TikTok
Country:
USA; Global
Sector:
Politics
Purpose:
Recommend content
Technology:
Content recommendation system
Issue:
Mis/disinformation
Opacity
: Governance; Black box