Union officials warn that some teachers in British schools have quit their jobs after being mistakenly labeled as “pedophiles” on TikTok.
In the latest epidemic of China-owned video sharing platforms, students may even share teacher videos with inappropriate hashtags such as #paedo and offensive comments, and even overlay pornographic images.
According to BBC reports, some local governments and police have informed parents of new phenomena and advised them to discuss online behavioral issues with their children.
A school in Swansea Valley called the police after discovering that the school had a fake TikTok account. This account contained a secretly shot video of a teacher with a hashtag such as “paedo”.
Gemma Morgan, Vice-Principal of the Cwmtawe Community School, told the BBC that the situation was “very annoying” for the staff and their families.
The NASUWT teachers union said the new epidemic is urging teachers to quit their jobs, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Dr. Patrick Roach, General Secretary of NASUWT, said: There is no excuse for abusing teachers whose lives are ruined as a result of posting malicious content on these social media platforms. “
The School and University Leaders Association (ASCL), which reported similar abuses against teachers, said TikTok’s response to the situation was unsatisfactory.
Eithne Hughes, director of Wales at ASCL, told the BBC that the complaint to TikTok was resolved in one of two ways.
A spokesperson for TikTok said: I regret the pain caused by some teachers as a result of the abusive content posted on our platform. We have already introduced additional technical measures and guidance to proactively detect and remove violating content and accounts. “
This isn’t the first time TikTok has been involved in the abuse of students’ teachers.
The California Teachers Association (CTA) sent a warning to teachers on October 5th about TikTok’s “slap teacher” challenge.
The CTA issued a warning after an elementary school student hit a teacher behind his head in the Lancaster County School District, South Carolina.
TikTok is also being scrutinized in the United States due to security concerns for Chinese owners.
The Trump administration tried to ban TikTok in August 2020, stating that the Chinese Communist Party could use the app to spy on Americans, but the order was never enforced as a result of some court orders. .. President Joe Biden lifted the ban in June and instead ordered the Commerce Department to review apps related to the Chinese government on national security risks.
Alice Sun and Cathy He contributed to this report.