Canadian social media influencers calling for more representation on TikTok

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    A growing number of Canadian influencers are speaking out against TikTok, claiming that their content is being suppressed on the platform based on their appearance.

    Brynta Ponnuthurai and Allison Lang, body acceptance and body positivity advocates respectively, say they are trying to promote messages of self-love and normalize people’s bodies – but say not only has their content been taken down but they have been banned from posting content.

    Sasha Campbell has more on the push for more representation on the popular social media app.

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    TikTok, known in China as Douyin, is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based Internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short music, lip-sync, dance, comedy and talent videos of 3 to 15 seconds, and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds.

    ByteDance first launched Douyin for the Chinese market in September 2016. Later, TikTok was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android in most markets outside of mainland China; however, it only became available worldwide, including the United States, after merging with another Chinese social media service on 2 August 2018.

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