A masked vigilante on TikTok is disclosing the identities of trolls on the platform, saying they can find someone's real identity in 7 to 8 clicks
- "The Great Londini," a group of masked vigilantes, are trawling
TikTokto hunt down cyberbullies.
- The TikTok group says it can find out someone's real identity within eight clicks.
- But TikTok has suspended and deleted the group's accounts.
The group goes by the name "The Great Londini," and it's represented by a mask with hollow, pitch-black eyes and a gaping, Joker-like smile. The group has a website, Twitter account, and YouTube page, where it posts examples of what it said it's capable of accomplishing. It also has 2.3 million followers on TikTok - the main platform for its exposés.
In one example, The Great Londini outed a man it said is a lawyer who posted a comment telling a young police officer to eat his gun.
"Would you hire a lawyer that made this comment about a police officer? Neither would we. So what should we do? We say stupid games, stupid prize."
In an interview with the BBC, a man going by the name Leo spoke for the group. He explained that he was simply the "face" of a group of volunteers with cybersecurity and military experience who want to be collectively known under a singular name. The group said its collective experience allows it to uncover someone's real identity - whether or not they hide behind an anonymous account name - within seven to eight clicks.
The BBC said Leo spoke to the
But TikTok is not a fan of Londini. Leo told the BBC that the app deleted nine accounts associated with The Great Londini username. The app also suspended the tenth (and current) account multiple times for online harassment and bullying - claims that the group contests.
TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider on its content-moderation policies. But the video-sharing app said in a report that it independently removed 62 million videos during the first three months of 2021 for violating its guidelines on user content. The platform also said that this was less than 1% of all the videos uploaded on TikTok.
TikTok said in the same report that the US was the biggest market where videos were taken down for user-content violations, with a total of 8,540,088 takedowns from January to March this year.
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