TikTok Reinstates Live Action After Backlash, Citing ‘Human Error’

TikTok Reinstates Live Action After Backlash, Citing 'Human Error'

TikTok, the popular social video platform, has reinstated Live Action’s account after banning the pro-life organization for allegedly violating TikTok’s community guidelines.

“TikTok is a platform for creative expression that welcomes diversity of users and viewpoints,” a TikTok representative told The Federalist. “Following a review, we have determined that there were no violations of our Community Guidelines, and the issue was the result of a human error by a moderator. We apologize for the mistake and have reactivated the account.”

Despite the statement provided to The Federalist and other media outlets, TikTok has not communicated with Live Action, nor offered an explanation for the ban, according to Live Action Founder Lila Rose.

About an hour after Live Action posted a pro-life video, featuring babies and positive Instagram comments, TikTok deleted it. Live Action immediately appealed the removal and within a half-hour was completely banned from the site. TikTok said the “account was banned due to multiple Community Guidelines violations,” but it offered no explanation as to which guidelines the organization had flouted.

The Live Action video mimics a popular TikTok trend and featured only babies and positive Instagram comments, no objectionable or graphic content. TikTok allows pro-abortion content on its platform, such as this gruesome video.

After banning Live Action, TikTok received online backlash from pro-lifers, including congressmen, conservative media, and Live Action President Lila Rose.

“This is blatant viewpoint discrimination and an egregious attempt to silence pro-life voices,” Live Action said in a press release. “TikTok should reinstate our account in full and allow all voices on the platform.”

To reach the Gen Z demographic, Live Action joined TikTok, which has more than 800,000 active users, in August 2019 and has since gained more than 21,000 followers, making it the largest pro-life account on the site. The pro-life group join after facing censorship from other online platforms, including Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, which categorized Live Action as pornographic content.

TikTok’s reinstatement of Live Action does not exonerate the Chinese-owned company from censorship scrutiny, however. The video platform has been under fire for silencing certain viewpoint, specifically those critical of Beijing and the Communist Party of China. According to reports from the Washington Post, “Hong Kong” searches on TikTok revealed a startling lack of content regarding the political unrest in the region. According to leaked documents obtained by The Guardian, TikTok “instructs its moderators to censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or the banned religious group Falun Gong.”

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