After a couple hours of intense criticism online, the video-sharing platform TikTok has reinstated an account belonging to Live Action, a popular pro-life advocacy organization.
In a statement shared with Faithwire on Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for TikTok admitted Live Action made “no violations” to its community guidelines, as the app previously asserted, and said the banning on Thursday “was the result of a human error by a moderator.”
“TikTok is a platform for creative expression that welcomes diversity of users and viewpoints,” said a spokesperson for TikTok. “Following a review, we have determined that there were no violations of our Community Guidelines, and the issue was the result of a human error by a moderator. We apologize for the mistake and have reactivated the account.”
At press time, it appeared Live Action’s account had, in fact, been reinstated.
Faithwire reached out to Alison Centofante, director of external affairs for Live Action, after receiving the statement from TikTok on Friday afternoon. She said Live Action — despite having sent numerous requests to the platform — had not heard anything from TikTok on the matter.
Earlier in the day, she said the pro-life group had experience no problems with TikTok before Thursday at around 2:30 p.m., about an hour after posting a video the social media platform removed, claiming the clip “violated community guidelines.”
Thirty minutes later, Live Action was completely banned from TikTok. The app has accused Live Action of “multiple community guideline violations,” Centofante said, but has so far offered no explanation for the accusation.
She initially described the incident as “really disappointing” and rebuked the social media app for “blatant discrimination.”
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