TikTok suspends online network attempting to cause division in Irish society

The social media giant suspended 72 accounts that were spreading disinformation as a means of causing harm to Irish society.

While the information was only made public last Thursday, TikTok have released details regarding the suspension of 72 accounts that were spreading disinformation in an attempt to intensify online conflict in Ireland.

The 72 accounts had a cumulative following of 94,743, and were continually posting intentionally divisive content centred around political talking-points in order to sew as much discord as possible.

TikTok said: “We assess that this network operated from Ireland and targeted Irish audiences. The individuals behind this network created inauthentic accounts; hyper-posted content with divisive views related to nationalism in Ireland, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan; and hyper-posted comments with similar low-quality content in an attempt to redirect TikTok users off-platform and to intensify social conflict.

In the report released last Thursday, TikTok said that they have removed 2,165 Irish-made videos that violated their disinformation policy.

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