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Is TikTok Highlighting ‘Sex Imitation’ Images Among Live Broadcasts?

TikTok has been in the middle of a new controversy lately. The popular social media platform garnered the reaction of users for allegedly highlighting videos with sex simulation content among live broadcasts.

TikTok has garnered reactions from users on the grounds that the controls on the live streaming service are insufficient.

Users aged 16 and over can start live broadcasts on TikTok, and users aged 18 and over can send and receive gifts. However, recently, videos that simulate sex in this service offered by the platform are in front of users.

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The live videos in question feature a user, a young, clothed woman, simulating sex. Many of these videos show a person on camera, usually pulled up from their shoulders and lying on a bed, simulating sex with a non-existent or imaginary partner just off the camera.

The remarkable part of the posts that users complain about is; the content is offered through TikTok’s For You Page, an algorithm-based personalized post on the platform that delivers content that users think they’ll like.

And right now, Twitter is full of people complaining about clips recommended to them on their ‘For You Page’.

The interesting part is that such content is prohibited according to TikTok rules, and even though this is the case, these prohibited publications are featured among users.

TikTok’s recommendation algorithm is known to be highly compatible with what type of content its users want to see. Users can indicate to the app that they are not interested in the content, but only after viewing the video. In addition, TikTok prohibits users who post such content from using the platform’s live video feature.

TikTok generally has a large young user base. According to statistics site Statista, about 25 percent of TikTok users are between the ages of 10 and 19. But as the platform has grown, most of its users are now adults.

TikTok is not the only platform that has problems with mobile live broadcasting. Streaming content has long been a challenge for social media platforms, as automated systems often miss problematic uploaded clips.

For example; The platform, which posted 15 minutes of footage of the attacks in which 51 people died in 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Facebook, was subjected to heavy criticism.