Recent monitoring has found ISIS propaganda on Tik Tok

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Recent monitoring has found ISIS propaganda on Tik Tok

TERRORISM ON TIK TOK. Terrorist groups using social media to spread propaganda is not new; Facebook removes millions of posts and accounts every day. Because of the cheap and easily accessible aspects, terrorists can spread their message quickly and to a large audience. To many students, this poses a concern.

TERRORISM ON TIK TOK. Terrorist groups using social media to spread propaganda is not new; Facebook removes millions of posts and accounts every day. Because of the cheap and easily accessible aspects, terrorists can spread their message quickly and to a large audience. To many students, this poses a concern. "I think that it’s so surprising that they have found that on Tik Tok and that’s just not good...there should never be any of that type of propaganda on there,” said Sanjana Mahesh, 10. 

Linya Guo

TERRORISM ON TIK TOK. Terrorist groups using social media to spread propaganda is not new; Facebook removes millions of posts and accounts every day. Because of the cheap and easily accessible aspects, terrorists can spread their message quickly and to a large audience. To many students, this poses a concern. "I think that it’s so surprising that they have found that on Tik Tok and that’s just not good...there should never be any of that type of propaganda on there,” said Sanjana Mahesh, 10. 

Linya Guo

Linya Guo

TERRORISM ON TIK TOK. Terrorist groups using social media to spread propaganda is not new; Facebook removes millions of posts and accounts every day. Because of the cheap and easily accessible aspects, terrorists can spread their message quickly and to a large audience. To many students, this poses a concern. "I think that it’s so surprising that they have found that on Tik Tok and that’s just not good...there should never be any of that type of propaganda on there,” said Sanjana Mahesh, 10. 

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When we think of the app TikTok, we think of videos where teenagers and preteens goof off, lip-sync, and show off their talents—fun and harmless. But with recent findings through monitoring, TikTok might not be just a silly and safe app anymore. 

Storyful, a social media intelligence agency, recently found traces of ISIS propaganda on TikTok while monitoring. There were around two dozen accounts, with followings up to 1000 and some posts even gathering dozens of likes, that featured videos of dead bodies, ISIS anthems, fighters, and more forms of propaganda. 

Although all accounts have already been removed, this incident raises much concern, especially among parents, who entrusted Tik Tok to be safe. Many SHS students who utilize the app are concerned as well.

“I think that it’s so surprising that they have found that on Tik Tok and that’s just not good. I don’t use Tik Tok very often, but when I do [watch the videos], I personally have never seen those types of videos, but there should never be any of that type of propaganda on there,” said Sanjana Mahesh, 10. 

Terrorist groups using social media to spread propaganda is not new; Facebook removes millions of posts and accounts every day. Because of the cheap and easily accessible aspects, terrorists can spread their message quickly and to a large audience.

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