Within a few minutes on the video-sharing app TikTok, finding an offensive, rude or hurtful joke would not be difficult. The app, with at least 500 million users, lets creators record minute-long videos to speak, dance or joke in any way they would like.
Naturally, this can become problematic quite fast, especially now that the popularity of the app has skyrocketed. Both creators and viewers on the app should be conscious of the content they support and who may be affected.
With the amount of creators and viewers, jokes, ideas and memes can spread like wildfire across the app. It is no surprise then that jokes about “World War III” rose in popularity amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
Content creators on TikTok quickly made jokes about being drafted, bombing Iran and pretending to be on the front lines. Disrespectful videos like these became a trend, and like any trend on TikTok, people replicated the jokes adding their own take.
In order to rise in the ranks of TikTok, creators need to enter the “For You” page. This is where videos are shown and viewers on the app can like, share and follow creators. Getting onto the “For You” page on the app is the first step to making it big on TikTok, so people often hashtag trending topics or copy videos with trending themes to get onto the page.