TikTok, the global sensation that has captivated young online users, has become a platform of choice for millions around the world, including Kenya.
With its irresistible and engaging content, TikTok has amassed a staggering 1.6 billion active monthly users, making it a lucrative space for content creators.
However, as darkness falls, a different side of TikTok emerges, raising concerns about explicit and potentially harmful content, particularly during late-night live streams. There are so many shocking incidents and unanswered questions about this TikTok feature that demand attention.
TikTok’s allure lies in its funny videos and captivating dance challenges that have swept across the globe. However, when it becomes nightfall in Kenyan , a disturbing transformation takes place.
Twitter users have voiced their concerns, sharing their own unsettling experiences that shed light on the platform’s dark side. One Twitter user’s tweet from a few months ago garnered significant attention, amplifying the growing concerns about TikTok’s after-dark usage.
In a shocking incident, a TikTok user initiated a live stream, amassing nearly 400 followers. To their dismay, the host began advertising explicit videos of themselves, offering a price list for interested viewers.
The boundaries were pushed further when a user in the comments requested a sexually suggestive act, which the host shamelessly performed in exchange for TikTok coins/gifts.
The aforementioned incident was not an isolated case. In another unsettling live video, a female host posted a handwritten letter explicitly seeking the company of a man, blurring the lines of propriety and raising concerns about the platform’s lack of moderation.
During live videos, followers can send gifts in the form of coins, which can later be redeemed for cash. This quest for extra income has attracted individuals willing to cross ethical boundaries to obtain easy money in the form of TikTok coins. The implications are troubling, as it becomes crucial to question the age verification process for consumers of such explicit content.
TikTok’s Community Guidelines explicitly state that uploading or streaming content that is obscene, pornographic, or pedophilic is strictly prohibited.
However, despite these guidelines, Kenyan TikTokers continue to exploit the after-dark hours, believing they are less likely to be reported by viewers. This raises concerns about the effectiveness of TikTok’s moderation, as countless late-night live streams featuring suggestive dancing and explicit content continue to be easily accessible.
Many Kenyans have taken to social media to voice their concerns over TikTok’s inaction. One Twitter user suggests that TikTok deliberately ignores these moral issues because such content draws millions of people to the platform, resulting in higher revenue.
The absence of stricter moderation and consequences for violating community guidelines only perpetuates the problem, leaving concerned users to question the platform’s moral compass.
Tiktok knows this has been happening and it’s not the first time. They don’t want to deal with such important moral issues because it earns the more money since such content draws millions of people to the platform. And this is what they want, I think time has come that things start getting personal and that is why I don’t have the Tiktok app on my phone.@jamevictor5600
TikTok’s rise to fame has been accompanied by a dark side that emerges after dark. Late-night live streams on the platform have become a breeding ground for explicit content, pushing boundaries and raising alarming questions about the age verification process and TikTok’s commitment to user safety.
As concerns continue to mount, it becomes imperative for TikTok to address these issues head-on, ensuring a safer and more responsible environment for its vast user base. Until then, the after-dark exploits on TikTok will remain a troubling reminder of the platform’s unchecked potential for harm.
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