A social media viral app TikTok has a problem with fake celebrity accounts, and it remains to be seen if the problem will be fixed anytime soon.
There are plenty of other social media platforms now available but the TikTok is one of the fastest growing all over the world. It is lack of mature protections make it easy pickings for impersonators.
TikTok has been quickly risen the social media ranks and is proving to be extremely popular with younger users due to its bite-sized and often comedic videos. The service’s security has come under increased scrutiny lately by many. Recently, a class action lawsuit was filed against TikTok with the accusation that it is sending private user data to China without the user’s knowledge or consent.
The concerns like this might be one of the reasons why so many prominent people, which includes politicians have opted to forgo a TikTok account altogether. That decision has left the door open for the impersonators to step through.
How the service is becoming overrun with fake politician accounts and claiming to be genuine revealed by a recent Bloomberg report. Tiktok accounts have been found for Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, the UK’s Boris Johnson, and India’s Narendra Modi, which highlight the extent of the problem. All of these politician accounts show no indication that they are parody or fan accounts that has raised the issue of them leading many to assume they are official accounts.
TikTok have been removed some of the accounts following the reports, and it has since updated its community guidelines to include rules on impersonation.
TiTok service, now states in the new policy, that they does not allow accounts to post as another person or organization by using someone else’s name, the biographical details, or profile picture in a misleading manner.
TikTok is not having the basic protections for users, as compared to other social media sites, that make it vulnerable for misuses to exploit the popular names.