After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, people have been taking to the internet to share their own thoughts and support.
Social media has been filled with memes, photos, tweets and posts in response to the unlawful killing of the 46-year-old African American man that has led to extreme riots in the state of Minnesota.
One hashtag that everyone has been using is #BlackLivesMatter, becoming a worldwide campaign to bring attention to the racism that is still received by black people today.
TikTok users claim the app banned the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag
When they tried to type in the hashtag, or any other relating to George Floyd, the app would show that the hashtag had zero views despite hundreds of thousands of people using it.
Did TikTok actually ban #BlackLivesMatter?
“We are aware of an issue that is impacting the hashtag view counts displayed at the upload stage. This appears to affect words at random, including terms like #cat and #hello. Our team is investigating and working quickly to address the issue.”
So TikTok argued that it was simply an error that they were working to fix, and suggest that they didn’t block the hashtags on purpose as users were claiming.
People on Twitter still think TikTok banned the hasthtag
TikTok says that the error affects random words like “cat” and “hello”. But people are arguing that #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd are far from “random” words, and must have been blocked on purpose.
One Twitter user wrote: “You’re telling me all these words/phrases were blocked by “random” like “cat” and “hello” ?? This is not a coincidence…”
Many still think that TikTok banned the hashtags, but have now allowed them again due to the uproar on social media.