Tell TikTok to abide by their own standards and protect those with disabilities

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TikTok currently is not meeting its own community standards.  For example, they are hosting a video that promotes a "challenge", encouraging users to mock and belittle individuals with disabilities.  This is in direct violation of their stated community standards:

Attacks on protected groups (along with those with disabilities, some other groups include Race, Religion, Gender Identity, etc.)

TikTok goes on to say: "We define hate speech as content that does or intends to attack, threaten, incite violence against, or dehumanize an individual or a group of individuals on the basis of protected attributes. We also do not allow content that verbally or physically threatens violence or depicts harm to an individual or a group based on any of the following protected attributes including but not limited to:

  • claiming that they are physically or morally inferior
  • referring negatively to them as animals, inanimate objects, or other non-human entities
  • promoting or justifying exclusion, segregation, or discrimination against them

A protected group, as listed by TIkTok, includes “Serious disease or disability.

Too often, TikTok hosts videos which imply physical or mental inferiority, dehumanizing individuals with a disability, a group already predisposed to bullying and a group that TikTok claims to want to protect.

This petition was not our first step. We attempted to resolve this through TikTok's customer support and this is the response: 

“We reviewed your report. We found that the reported content doesn't violate our Community Guidelines. We understand that you may not want to see this type of content, and you have the option to block the account that posted it.”

TikTok has had issues in the past in regards to their service to the disabled, and they vowed to do better.  We are asking that they live up to the standards that they have set for themselves. As TikTok behaves today, it is a not a safe environment for many wonderful people who live with disabilities. They need to protect people as well as speech.

They can and must do better.