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Latest ‘TikTok challenge’ appears to involve posting threats about school shootings and bombings

The “devious” TikTok “challenge” of September led children across the US to steal soap dispensers from the walls of school bathrooms and commit other acts of vandalism, so school districts and departments Police are ramping up security in response to the virus outbreak TikTok posted warnings about school shootings and threatened to bomb at every school across the US on Friday.

“Social media threats caught the attention of many educators as they went viral in the wake of the deadly Michigan school shooting, followed by numerous imitative threats against schools elsewhere. is different,” Related press report. The shooting at Michigan’s Oxford High School, the 28th school shooting this year has left 4 children dead.

Law enforcement and schools have assured parents that vague threats are not considered credible, but at least one high school in Gilroy, California, did cancel school on friday, start the winter break a day early, with extreme caution.

“According to police, the original TikTok challenge was for truant students on Friday, December 17, and at some point the challenge was changed to a school shooting threat,” ABC 7News in Washington, DC, reporting. The threat originates in Arizona, according to Baltimore County Schools.

TikTok said in a statement on Twitter: “We treat rumored threats with the utmost seriousness. “That’s why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings of potential violence at schools even though we’ve found no evidence of such threats. originated or spread via TikTok.”

Jeff Kosseff, a cybersecurity expert at the US Naval Academy, thanks to the “safe harbor” provision, “it would be unlikely that TikTok would be held liable if there were indeed an explosion. guns” told AP. But that doesn’t mean TikTok can’t do anything, he said, noting that he also received a warning about this latest TikTok challenge. “They have a lot of flexibility to do the right thing and remove harmful content. I hope they’re doing that.”

https://theweek.com/school-shootings/1008177/the-newest-tiktok-challenge-apparently-involves-posting-threats-of-school Latest ‘TikTok challenge’ appears to involve posting threats about school shootings and bombings

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