Incidents involved as both Developer and Deployer

Incident 1174 Reports
TikTok's "Suggested Accounts" Algorithm Allegedly Reinforced Racial Bias through Feedback Loops


TikTok's "Suggested Accounts" recommendations allegedly reinforced racial bias despite not basing recommendations on race or creators' profile photo.


Incident 1854 Reports
TikTok's "For You" Algorithm Directed New Users towards Disinformation about the War in Ukraine


An investigation by NewsGuard into TikTok’s handling of content related to the Russia-Ukraine war showed its “For You” algorithm pushing new users towards false and misleading content about the war within less than an hour of signing up.


Incident 2863 Reports
TikTok’s "For You" Allegedly Pushed Fatal “Blackout” Challenge Videos to Two Young Girls


TikTok’s recommendation algorithm was alleged in a lawsuit to have intentionally and repeatedly pushed videos of the “blackout” challenge onto children’s feeds, incentivizing their participation which ultimately resulted in the death of two young girls.


Incident 2793 Reports
TikTok’s “For You” Algorithm Exposed Young Users to Pro-Eating Disorder Content


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.


Incidents Harmed By

Incident 3002 Reports
TikTok's "For You" Algorithm Allegedly Abused by Online Personality to Promote Anti-Women Hate


TikTok’s “For You” algorithm allegedly boosted or was manipulated by an online personality to artificially boost his content which promotes extreme misogynistic views towards teenagers and men, despite breaking its rules.


Incident 5682 Reports
AI-Generated Voices Amplify Conspiracy Theories on TikTok


NewsGuard has identified 17 TikTok accounts that have been using AI-generated voices to advance and amplify conspiracy theories and false claims beginning in June 2023. By September 25, 2023, these accounts had amassed over 336 million views and over 14.5 million likes. Videos include baseless claims involving public figures such as Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Jamie Foxx.


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