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TikTok Search Results Riddled with Misinformation

By ABC News

September 16, 2022

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Researchers at false online claims reports monitor NewsGuard said searches on prominent news topics on TikTok are likely to produce results rife with misinformation.

The researchers said they found misinformation in nearly 20% of videos suggested by the platform, which for NewsGuard's Steven Brill is particularly worrisome, given TikTok's popularity among the young.

Brill questioned whether China-based TikTok owner ByteDance is taking sufficient action to stop misinformation, or whether it deliberately permits its propagation to spread confusion in Western democracies.

A statement from TikTok insists its community guidelines ban harmful misinformation, yet researchers found TikTok's own search tool appears engineered to direct users to misinformation in some cases.

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