U.S. Government Investigating TikTok | Newsbusters

According to the Department of Homeland Security, they investigated TikTok’s use of materials that described child sexual abuse. According to The Financial TimesThe Department of Justice reviewed the way predators exploited a privacy function on the platform. 

Content that contained the sexual abuse of children was allegedly traded among private accounts and used the platform’s “Only Me” feature where videos were only visible to those logged into the specific profile.

The TimesSeara Adair (a child safety advocate) reported the incident to law enforcement.

TikTok was accused in a different way than other platforms of failing to perform its duty to prevent and detect grooming attempts.

“It is a perfect place for predators to meet, groom and engage children,” Erin Burke, the unit chief of the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit at the Department of Homeland Security’s cybercrime division, said and called it the “platform of choice” for that type of behavior.

Burke claimed that TikTok was owned by ByteDance and failed to cooperate with the Chinese parent company. “We want [social media companies] to proactively make sure children are not being exploited and abused on your sites — and I can’t say that they are doing that, and I can say that a lot of US companies are,” she stated.

It is intended to be popular with teenagers.

For its part, TikTok said that it cooperated with law enforcement “as necessary.”

“TikTok has zero-tolerance for child sexual abuse material,” the company stated. “When we find any attempt to post, obtain or distribute [child sexual abuse material], we remove content, ban accounts and devices, immediately report to NCMEC, and engage with law enforcement as necessary.”

CNETReports state that TikTok emailed the publication to inform it that it didn’t know of any investigation by the U.S government.

We are not aware of any government investigation as claimed by the Financial TimesHowever, TikTok does not tolerate CSAM. After reading the story, we reached to HSI in order to have a conversation and to discuss ways we could work together to achieve our common goal of eliminating child sexual exploitation online. This is similar to how we engage regularly with law enforcement agencies throughout the country about this critical topic.

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