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Eating disorder ‘rabbit hole’ on TikTok
Research by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) explored the experiences of young girls on TikTok by creating over 100 ‘bot accounts’ that browsed the app.
Twelve were registered as 13-year-old girls browsing content related to weight loss, alcohol, and gambling.
Out of the 255,000 videos that the ‘bots’ watched, 32,700 contained a description or metadata pertaining to weight loss, 11,615 videos had text descriptions related to eating disorders and 4,402 had a combination of keywords that indicated the normalization of eating disorders.
Several videos were reportedly using different spellings for eating disorder-related keywords to avoid getting flagged by TikTok.
TikTok has announced that it is working on new ways to prevent these dangerous rabbit holes from forming when browsing.