TikTok: Ban Content That Depicts Torture of Animals

Target: Kevin Mayer, CEO of TikTok

Goal: Ban content perpetuating animal cruelty and other crimes.

Popular social media app TikTok has taken a major hit due to controversial videos that appear to glorify violence against women. The latest backlash, centered in India, is far from the company’s only questionable incidents, however. The viral challenge videos posted on the app also perpetuate a dangerous culture of unchecked animal cruelty.

Two recent “challenges” have drawn particularly fierce criticism. The first, named #PutItInABun, called on users to tie their visibly distressed pets’ ears and post their results on the app. The #slappingchallenge took the abuse a step further, as images of frightened pets being slapped on the face and head as music played in the background populated the site. Users spent days engaged in these disgusting activities, all for the supposed honor of garnering as many “likes” as possible.

Critics frequently attack TikTok for poorly regulated content management. The company has obviously not taken these criticisms to heart as more controversies continue to unfold across the platform. Google even helped enable this lacking oversight by removing hundreds of negative user reviews from its app store.

Sign the petition below to demand this irresponsible company take ownership of its failures and implement widespread, comprehensive content management reforms.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Mayer,

#slappingchallenge, #PutItInABun: countless images of uncomfortable, often terrified cats and dogs flooded TikTok for just the two aforementioned “challenges” alone. Before controversies involving simulated acid attacks, or sexual assaults, the world tried to warn your company about its rampant use as a vehicle for animal cruelty. How many more of these abuses are being posted daily for millions of views and likes?

Please start your leadership on the right ground and heed the concerns of many users about lacking content management. Take responsibility for the disturbing behavior and potential crimes carried under the TikTok name. Most importantly, make the changes needed to ensure your young audience can enjoy a safe, fun space free from the worst of human behavior.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: TikTok

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24 Comments

  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    WHY don’t we just ABUSE, INJURE, MAIM & KILL ALL living species on the planet (including humans) – won’t that be entertaining & FUN?? PROBLEM: There won’t be anyone left to videotape the FUN & post it on social media!

    Pardon my extreme sarcasm, but some ‘humans’ tend to yield to their barbaric tendencies, JUST TO TREND ON SOCIAL MEDIA – anything for ATTENTION & POPULARITY, even if it’s obnoxious and amoral!!! SOLUTION: Don’t be so GULLIBLE, IGNORANT & NEEDY to require attention at ANY COST!!

    I predict many ‘social media’ platforms will be eliminated in the future. So, ‘TICK TOCK’, TikTok!!!

  2. Patrick Butler says:

    Linda,
    You said it very clearly! Thanks…

  3. Sophie D. says:

    A social media app such as yours must be socially responsible and prohibit any kind of violence towards any living creature. Your app is completely complicit in the perpetuation of violence against animals. Allowing such sick, sadistic and violent content in the form of viral challenges or viral art is utterly revolting and appalling. I urge the owner of this social media app to take all necessary measures to prohibit such content. Rather the owner should be doing everything to encourage videos of rescues and positive interactions with animals. Youth are practically brainwashed by social media and studies have shown the very negative impact it can have on our society based on the content.

  4. Shame on you Tik-Tok. Stop letting animal cruelty slide by because that means you are supporting it and encouraging it.

  5. Kathy Terrell says:

    My grandkids love TicToc, but will be banned from watching it, unless these videos are stopped immediately!

  6. It seems to me that TikTok and any other media site that allows videos of animal cruelty is enabling, encouraging and inviting animal abuse. It is the same with videos showing people being abused, they should be banned and doing anything else is irresponsible and incites violence. Shame on TikTok.

  7. Ban Tik Tok and take it off the internet

  8. Chris OCarroll says:

    I didn’t realize TikTok was such a disgusting site.

  9. Jaime Perez says:

    What a disgusting site this is. Ban tik tok off the web! Obviously they don’t care what kind of garbage their site hosts. They are callous and deplorable people!!

  10. Step up and protect those with no voice! Stop promoting animal abuse/ murdered now! Do your job. Find who these people are and give that info to the Feds to find and jail these horrible people NOW!! Animal abuse is never ok and these people must be prisoned!!

  11. james waldo says:

    Kill all involved with abuse on tiktok with a ballpeen hammer and post on tiktok as a contest to kill all animal abusers on tiktok. Amen gracias

  12. This disgraceful animal abusing site must be immediately taken off the internet .A lifelong prison sentence for all involved in this disgraceful site is essential.

  13. Lisa Bergeron says:

    Please everyone sign these petitions!Thank you!!!

  14. What is wrong with society?! These scumbags need to be violently destroyed. They don’t deserve to exist.

  15. D. Farrimond says:

    These people are too gutless to just “come out” and admit that they are gay – so they try hiding it behind their pathetic attention seeking

  16. Implementation of the mandatory death penalty is required internationally for all animal abusers.I am ready,willing and able to help perform this procedure.

  17. james waldo says:

    Kill all tiktok animal abusers with a blowtorch and gasoline. Veangance is mine says the Lord. Amen gracias

  18. Mary Harrington says:

    Tic-Tock is owned by Chinese ByteDance.

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