TikTok is allowing russian pro-war propaganda 


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A group of American Republican senators have written to the director of TikTok about their concern that the social media network is allowing russian propaganda videos.  

“Recent reports indicate TikTok… has allowed Russian state media to flood the platform with dangerous pro-war propaganda. No company should find itself in the position of amplifying the Kremlin’s lies, which fuel public support for Russia’s war of choice in Ukraine,” said the letter.


The senators said they were “deeply concerned” that TikTok “is enabling the spread of pro-war propaganda to the Russian public, which risks adding to an already devastating human toll for both Ukrainians and Russians.” 


The letter to TikTok Chief CEO Shou Zi Chew was signed by Steve Daines, John Cornyn, Roger Wicker, John Barrasso, James Lankford and Cynthia Lummis.


In March, the company announced they would suspend live-streaming and the uploading of videos in russia while they evaluated the country’s new media law. 


The senators said that TikTok had failed “to equally enforce this policy” and “belatedly closed this loophole.” 


The letter says that pro-Kremlin content on the platform was “misleading” and that by not taking it down TikTok had “creating an easily-accessible archive of pro-war propaganda.” The senators asked the platform to explain the situation.


The Russian Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment. TikTok said in a statement to Reuters that the company was looking forward to continuing to engage with members on these issues.


TikTok is one of the most popular social media apps with more than 1 billion users around the world. 


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Source: Reuters