The terrorist group ISIS propagandists are trying to utilize the social media app TikTok as a recruiting tool which is currently very much popular in youths around the world. Storyful, the social media monitoring agency has recently identified that about two dozen accounts on TikTok that are related to ISIS, and the company has removed all of these accounts from the app.
These accounts posted videos that were aimed at recruiting followers and boost the support for the terrorist group which featured anthems of Islamic State and footage of corpses and ISIS fighters.
There is no official number of how many such accounts are still active on the app but terrorist-related propaganda has always been an issue on social media platforms. Google and Facebook share a database of the known terrorist imagery that can be automatically removed after detection when posted on their platforms.
Both companies have faced several lawsuits for failing to protect and allowing these content to spread on their platforms temporarily. In September, Facebook said that it has removed more than 26 million content of global terrorist propaganda over the past two years.
The detected accounts were relatively small as The Journal identified one of the accounts had 1,000 followers and a video got 68 likes. ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok has not made a comment on how much content they have detected and removed for the app.