TikTok admits early anti-bullying efforts were ‘blunt’ and ‘wrong’

The allegations may deepen legal troubles in the US for TikTok

TikTok has said in recent weeks that it stores its U.S. user data within the country and does not censor political content in line with Beijing's instructions.

People deemed "susceptible to harassment or cyberbullying based on their physical or mental condition" had the reach of their posts restricted, German site NetzPolitik.org reported, citing leaked documents from Tiktok. No matter the content of the videos, they were marked as being uploaded by special users who could be at risk of being bullied.

Users that were considered vulnerable included those with facial disfigurements, autism, and Down syndrome, though the report showed that a wider swathe of users were affected including LGBT and overweight individuals. The Chinese app is reportedly under investigation by the United States over national security concerns. A spokesperson for the company also told The Verge that, "Early on, in response to an increase in bullying on the app, we implemented a blunt and temporary policy. This was never created to be a long-term solution, but rather a way to help manage a troubling trend", a TikTok spokesman said.

News reports that the video-sharing social media app TikTok has been hit with a class action lawsuit which alleges that the app transferred "vast quantities" of American user data to China.

The class-action lawsuit was filed the day before Thanksgiving in California federal court, The Daily Beast said Monday.

Months later, however, she realized that an account had been made for her without her knowledge or consent, and that the five or six videos she'd made none of which she'd saved or posted - had allegedly been transferred to Chinese servers, some of which were controlled by third parties that worked with the Chinese government.

The application has more than 1.5 billion times (November figures) and nothing seems to be able to stop TikTok, the first Chinese social network to really break into the west.

The senators stated that they feared that TikTok would be forced to adhere to Chinese laws which would "compel Chinese companies to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party".

Last week, it apologised for removing a viral video that condemned Beijing's crackdown on Muslims in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang.

The company did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment, nor did Hong's attorneys.

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