LGBTQ+ History Month is being recognised and celebrated in the UK this year between the 1st and 28th of February. As TikTok has seemingly become the soul of the internet, this year the app is partnering with the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charity, Stonewall, in order to focus on sharing educational and inspirational content surrounding and supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
According to General Manager at TikTok for the UK and Europe, Rich Waterworth, one of TikTok’s core principles is to celebrate diversity, fostering an inclusive community. TikTok is a creative hub for people from all walks of life, who are diverse in gender, sexuality, age, and background. The platform has been embraced by members of the LGBTQ+ community, with users raising awareness to issues such as: being LGBTQ+ and disabled, trans inclusionary feminism, and the realities of being Muslim and LGBTQ+.
Feedback from users during the early days of TikTok raised concerns that the app could do more to make the platform safer and more inclusive of minority communities. Following this, TikTok has since prioritised discussions with individuals and representative organisations of minority groups, listening to their concerns in order to evolve and improve the way hateful content is dealt with.
Last year, TikTok expanded its policy to strengthen enforcement against hateful content aimed at the LGBTQ+ community, such as videos promoting conversion therapy and abuse targeting trans people. They worked…