Incident 279: TikTok’s “For You” Algorithm Exposed Young Users to Pro-Eating Disorder Content

Description: TikTok’s young users were allegedly exposed to community-guideline-violating pro-eating disorder content on their algorithmically curated “For You” page that serves videos from any user on its platform.


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Alleged: TikTok developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed TikTok young users and TikTok users.

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Khoa Lam


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