Apparently, tiktok and the like censors words like “kill” or “die”, like you can’t tell someone to kill themselves since it cannot get past the censorship filter, so people are simply replacing the phrase with “unlive yourself”, and you see this a lot on social media.
What’s the point of this kind of censorship again? Everyone clearly knows what everyone else is saying. You can’t ban an idea.
It’s the new version of telling kids they can’t say fuck or shit or bitch when we all know they say it on the regular and know the words.
I reported something once that I thought would get around the filter, and turned out, the filter did get better and the person was censored. i forget what that was though. there are still many things that get around the censor, but i think they are improving them.
what Bro said.
From the TikTok corporate perspective it diverts attention from their moderation. It may not have any effect on the actual number of bullying induced suicides or other negative impacts of hateful behavior on TikTok but it does indicate in a legal that they did something.
Responding to the OP’s question, If you haven’t figured out yet American marketplace is amoral, profit driven, and bound by a legal system. So if you are not sure of a corporation’s behavior look at it from a perspective of does it increase profit, does it reduce financial risk.
TikTok censoring kill or die on their site:
Reduces legal risk for the corporation
Indicates they care without being heavy handed
May actually reduce bullying or the negative use of those words and the thoughts that go with them.