Mashable’s series Algorithms explores the mysterious lines of code that increasingly control our lives — and our futures.
TikTok’s algorithm is almost too good at suggesting relatable content — to the point of being detrimental for some users’ mental health.
It’s nearly impossible to avoid triggering content on TikTok, and because of the nature of the app’s never-ending For You Page, users can easily end up trapped scrolling through suggested content curated for their specific triggers.
Videos glorifying disordered eating, for example, are thriving on TikTok. The tag #flatstomach has 44.2 million views. The tags #proana and #thinsp0, short for pro-anorexia and thin inspiration, have 2.1 million views and 446,000 views, respectively. As senior editor Rachel Charlene Lewis wr… Read More