Incident 397: Misinformation Reported in TikTok's Search Results Despite Moderation by AI and Human

Description: TikTok's search recommendations reportedly contained misinformation about political topics bypassing both AI and human content moderation.


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

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Khoa Lam
Misinformation Monitor: September 2022 · 2022

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The site made use of…


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