The guide contains information about voting and political candidates from credible resources.
In its latest efforts to stop the spread of misinformation, TikTok has introduced an in-app guide to the 2020 US elections. The hub provides information about the elections from several credible sources.
TikTok Combats Election Misinformation
After TikTok just barely avoided a ban from US app stores, the platform has announced the launch of its new election guide in a post on the TikTok Newsroom.
Not only does the guide aim to educate users about political candidates for federal, state, and local governments, but it also teaches users how to vote in every US state.
Additionally, the hub provides voting resources for students, people with disabilities, overseas citizens and military members, as well as for people who have had prior convictions. It’s also available in several different languages, some of which include English and Spanish.
TikTok collaborated with a number of organizations, such as the National Association of Secretaries of State, BallotReady, SignVote, Restore Your Vote, Campus Vote Project, and more to gather all of this information.
The platform notes that the election guide has been “built with user privacy in mind.” Whenever you use any of the provided resources, you’ll get redirected away from TikTok.
This means that the private information you enter on these sites won’t get transferred back to TikTok. Interacting with these resources will also “have no bearing on future TikTok experiences, such as recommendations or ads.”
If you want to see TikTok’s election guide for yourself, you can find it at the top of the Discover page, as well as on any election-related search result pages. TikTok will also provide links to the guide beneath politically-charged videos, and also below videos posted by verified politicians.
TikTok isn’t the only social media platform that has taken steps to prevent the spread of political misinformation. Facebook is also cracking down on election misinformation, and is even considering restricting content in case of a violent Election Day.
If the 2020 US presidential election gets violent, Facebook could potentially stop the circulation of content.
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