Washington - After U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would unilaterally ban Chinese company TikTok from doing business in the United States, the company announced measures to respond to the threat. Included in the response will be efforts to remove videos from it's platform that violate universal standards of decency.
One of the first videos to be deleted by TikTok pictured a group of authoritarians dancing with swords. One of the dictators in the video has openly encouraged individuals responsible for body slamming journalists and attacking protesting attendees at his rallies. It also featured representatives of a host Middle East kingdom which was accused of dismembering a writer visiting Turkey who had been critical of its rule.
"We just felt we needed to remove some videos that violated community standards, and this one was obviously a good place to start. Also, the dancing in the video was particularly awful," said a company spokesman.
It was not known if the swords used in the video were actually used to eliminate any journalists or critics of the kingdom.