Misinformation on TikTok worries specialists

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Disinformation on TikTok worries specialists

TikTok has surpassed Google in terms of popularity in 2021, according to Cloudfare.

Misinformation about TikTok has reached alarming levels, especially as the app is increasingly used by teens as a search engine, according to research published by NewsGuard on Wednesday.

The organization, which specializes in tools for evaluating news sites, conducted research in early September on various hot topics ranging from the invasion of the ;Ukraine by Russia to COVID-19 vaccines, and determined that 20% of the videos obtained in the results contained false or misleading information.

She gives an example video in which a young woman reveals her recipe for a cure-all remedy, hydroxychloroquine, a controversial treatment that has been shown to be ineffective against COVID-19.

According to NewsGuard, the toxicity of TikTok is now a significant danger because Google research suggests that TikTok is increasingly used by young people […] to find information.

The organization points out that Cloudfare, a company specializing in internet infrastructure and services, has determined that TikTok has overtaken Google as the most popular website in the world in 2021.

In general, NewsGuard specialists assure that even search results that do not contain disinformation are often more divisive than those of Google. They quote insulting language on numerous videos about the US election.

Our policies clearly state that we do not allow harmful misinformation, including medical misinformation, and we remove platform the content that falls under it, reacted a spokesperson for TikTok, contacted by AFP.

The application also believes that the methodology of the x27;study is flawed because it draws conclusions from limited research.

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