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After "Rape Day": The new and worrying trend in Tiktok. All the details about the new trend



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After "Rape Day": Ticket users report violent content and hardcore pornography

After "Rape Day": Ticket users report violent content and hardcore pornography.

The new trend that started in the world, exploits a loophole in Tiktok's system, and allows the publication of pornographic content among young people, without enforcement on Tiktok's part.

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Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 11:18 Updated: 12:27

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Disturbing and disturbing: the invented "rape day" that gained momentum in Tiktok (Photo: screenshot, screenshot)

In the shadow of the "Rape Day" affair, which created a wave of reactions on social media last week, a new trend is emerging in Tiktok that may only encourage these phenomena. The same trend allows users of the platform, mostly young people and teenagers from Israel as well, to publish violent content and hardcore pornography, through a new bug discovered in the app. The same bug allows any user to upload this content as their profile picture, and while on other social networks, this will most likely be detected by the algorithm - which will result in immediate and permanent blocking of the user - Tiktok has not yet blocked it. It is important to note that Tiktok prohibits the posting of pornographic content or violent content, like most other social networks, and blocks any user who attempts to circumvent these rules, but through the new bug, users circumvent the terms of use.



The new trend is famous under the hashtag "Do not look for it", and in the last week has become alarmingly popular around the world.

The BBC, which first reported this, contacted Tiktok, which announced that it had blocked the hashtag and was working quickly to delete and unblock all the profiles that used it.

But despite all this, this is a particularly disturbing network phenomenon in light of the fact that a significant proportion of Tiktok users are, as mentioned, teenagers under the age of 18, and this is also true in Israel.

Among the reports heard, the photos and videos circulated on the social network also included an ISIS video in which a Jordanian pilot was burned to death.

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In fact, the main problem, apparently, lies in the algorithm that Tiktok uses to identify this content.

If these were posted in a regular post, the algorithm could detect that this was problematic content better than if the content was uploaded as a profile picture of a particular user.

It also seems that most of these accounts are completely empty of content, but are followed by thousands of people.

And although it is not yet clear whether the phenomenon also appeared on Israeli accounts, these profiles appeared on Tiktok's For You page, which is also available in Israel and allows viewing popular content from all over the world.

After "Rape Day", the new and worrying trend (Photo: screenshot, screenshot)

This new phenomenon is being published in parallel with last week's "Rape Day" affair, in which it was reported that teenage girls in Tiktok warned against men committing sexual assaults on April 24. Even then, no connection was found to the accounts of Israelis, and many wondered if this was a hoax that got out of hand, as no publications were found encouraging sexual assault. And yet, it does not change the fact that this is a very worrying phenomenon. "The police are rightly concerned that someone else may, God forbid, take the matter seriously and harm the girls," a surfer wrote on Facebook. Another surfer wrote on Twitter: "To remind you, quite a few jokes that started with ticking ended in catastrophe. Parents will wake up. This is a real war." According to the social network, a special effort is being made these days to continue to protect its user community - "this is our most important work". Tiktok has over 689 million active users worldwide.

Last week, the National Network for the Protection of Children on the Net, issued an official warning regarding the "Rape Day" campaign in Tiktok and shared recommendations to deal with the phenomenon.

  • Do not forward messages on this topic to prevent more children from being exposed to the topic

  • Avoid sharing and distributing messages, which go viral, to reduce unnecessary panic among both minors and parents

  • To avoid receiving such messages, it is advisable to adhere to the privacy rules of both parents and children [see our privacy tips]

  • In case of exposure to messages on the subject it is important to follow the recommendations: do not cooperate with the message submitter and do not respond to the request, take a screenshot [see our guide to documenting offenses and offensive content], share with parents, family member, teacher or other significant figure.

    And of course you can contact Hotline 105 24 hours a day so that the hotline can work to locate and remove the content.

Matiktok Israel said: "Maintaining the security of our community is our top priority. We work diligently to identify and remove content that violates our policies, and report as needed to relevant bodies that address child safety. "Our safety team continues to analyze and monitor and will continue to take all necessary steps to maintain the safety of our community."

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