TikTok fails ‘disinformation test’ before EU vote with failures posing a risk to electoral processes, study shows ( www.euractiv.com )

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Wildly popular social network TikTok approved adverts containing political disinformation ahead of European polls, a report showed Tuesday (4 June), flouting its own guidelines and raising questions about its ability to detect election falsehoods.

"TikTok has failed miserably in this test,” said Henry Peck, a senior campaigner at Global Witness, the organization that cobducted the study.

The fake ads, submitted by the group last month, all contained content that could pose a risk to electoral processes — including warnings to voters to stay home over a danger of poll violence and a spike in contagious diseases.

They also included a fake notice raising the legal voting age to 21 and appeals for people to vote by email, which is not permitted in European elections.

Citing an internal investigation, the Chinese ByteDance-owned app said its systems correctly identified the breach, but the ads were approved due to “human error” by a moderator.

authorinthedark ,

rare W on the misinformation front for YouTube and Twitter, obviously not all platform misinformation is in ads but I'll take what i can get

Rekhyt ,

Citing an internal investigation, the Chinese ByteDance-owned app said its systems correctly identified the breach, but the ads were approved due to “human error” by a moderator.

This makes it so much worse. If it were "our algorithms didn't catch it" that'd be one thing, but "our algorithms caught it but we ran them anyway" reeks of malice.

smeg ,

Reads to me like "oh no, our automated verification is perfect, there was just one rogue human who has been punished/corrected/re-educated so there's no way this could ever happen again, case closed"

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