TikTok To Ban Campaign Fundraising
Video sharing platform, TikTok announced Wednesday that it is banning campaign fundraising on its platform. It also announced new policies for political accounts, including “mandatory verification.”
In a statement released via its news site, the company’s President for Global Business Solutions, Blake Chandlee, said that while the company “has long prohibited political advertising”, stricter measures have been introduced to ensure that political figures no longer have access to advertising features on the platform.
The China-based video sharing app will also start testing “mandatory verification” for governments, politicians, and political party accounts in an attempt to “keep harmful misinformation off the platform.”
Verification will ensure that anyone watching content belonging to a government, politician, or political party account will know that the account is “genuine” and that the source is “authentic,” Chandlee said.
The statement read, “TikTok has long prohibited political advertising, including both paid ads on the platform and creators being paid directly to make branded content.”
“We currently do that by prohibiting political content in an ad, and we’re also now applying restrictions at an account level.
“This means accounts belonging to politicians and political parties will automatically have their access to advertising features turned off, which will help us more consistently enforce our existing policy.
“Additionally, we will be prohibiting these accounts from accessing other monetization features.
“Specifically, they will not have access to features like gifting, tipping, and e-commerce, and will be ineligible for our Creator Fund.
“These changes, along with our existing ban on political advertising, mean that accounts belonging to governments, politicians, and political parties will largely not be able to give or receive money through TikTok’s monetization features, or spend money promoting their content.”
Chandlee added that government bodies will be allowed to advertise in “limited circumstances”, which includes public health and safety. However in such cases, they will be required to work with a TikTok representative.