TikTok ‘tried to filter out videos from ugly, poor or disabled users’

My god, what an awful company:

TikTok moderators were told to suppress videos from users who appeared too ugly, poor or disabled, as part of the company’s efforts to curate an aspirational air in the videos it promotes, according to new documents published by the Intercept.

The documents detail how moderators for the social video app were instructed to select content for the influential “For You” feed, an algorithmic timeline that is most users’ first port of call when they open the app. As a result, being selected for For You can drive huge numbers of views to a given video, but the selection criteria have always remained a secret, with little understanding as to the amount of automation involved.

TikTok’s moderators were instructed to exclude videos from the For You feed if they failed on any one of a number of categories, the documents show. Users with an “abnormal body shape (not limited to: dwarf, acromegaly),” who are “chubby … obese or too thin” or who have “ugly facial looks or facial deformities” should be removed, one document says, since “if the character’s appearance is not good, the video will be much less attractive, not worthing [sic] to be recommended to new users.”

Question of the Day

What are you doing during these quarantine days?

I’m fortunate that I can do most of my work from home. So that part is squared away and I don’t have to worry about commuting. Mrs. C and I had a fairly well stocked pantry at home in the beginning and the few times we have gone out was just to top off some things, especially perishables. We have been doing a lot of baking so far to not just keep busy, but because baked foods are delicious! We also can freeze half so that we have some good treats stored up for later when we want them.

For other activities, I’m practicing sketching (A new skill I started last year and haven’t had much time to practice.) Reading, (but I always read.) I also restarted a few languages on DuoLingo that I haven’t had time to study the past year. Le francais, bien sur. Italian, portuguese.

Organizing my photos on my computer, catching up on podcasts. I haven’t been binge watching many tv shows at the moment. Mostly because I’ve been too busy watching news and YouTube clips about what’s going on.

Lola is starting to get annoyed that we are in her house 24/7 though. I’m a bit afraid that she is going to evict us soon.