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TikTok updates rules to combat viral hoaxes – Axios

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TikTok on Tuesday said it's updating its policies to prevent harmful hoaxes from spreading on its platform.
Why it matters: Viral TikTok challenges last year led to school shooting threats and students vandalizing schools.
Details: In an update to its community guidelines posted Tuesday, the tech giant said it will be strengthening its "dangerous acts and challenges" policy to prohibit content that promotes harmful hoaxes.
The big picture: TikTok says it works with experts and law enforcement to evaluate dangerous content on its platform and stop it from spreading. But users have proven adept at dodging some of TikTok's guardrails — and, given its scale, it can't always catch violating posts before they go viral.
Worth noting: TikTok Head of U.S. Safety Eric Han told Axios at an event Tuesday the new rules aim to "support the well-being of our community" beyond cracking down on hoaxes.
Editor's note: This post was updated to include comment by TikTok Head of U.S. Safety Eric Han.

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