TikTok has acknowledged that it restricts LGBT-related hashtags in some countries as part of its “localised” approach to moderation.
A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) think-tank said many LGBT hashtags were “shadow-banned” in Bosnia, Jordan and Russia.
According to the ASPI, terms that were not linking to content included:
- “gay” in Russian and Arabic
- “I am a lesbian” and “I am gay” in Russian
- “transgender” in Arabic
TikTok said that while some terms were restricted to comply with local laws, others were limited because they were primarily used to discover pornographic content.
It added that some English phrases and some compound phrases in Arabic had been moderated by mistake, and that it had fixed the issue.