While we read everywhere that TikTok has been the most downloaded app -and more profitable- by 2021 worldwide, the Daily Mail publishes an article on the role of the Chinese social network in the increase of girls saying they feel 'trans' in English schools.
According to the analysis of The Mail on Sunday videos with the hashtag #Trans have been viewed more than 26 billion times. Mostly material posted by very young people influencer "transgender' who give advice on how to get surgery and hormones from the opposite sex, presenting them as a good thing. E the first piece of advice is often: 'Don't involve your parents'.
Early 2021 TikTok signed a contract with Stonewall, controversial LGBTQ organisation abandoned by the UK government and major corporations, including the BBC, following accusations of not acting in the public interest (see here).
TikTok is known as 'the youngest social': according to estimates provided by TikTok itself, 66% of users are under 30 years old and most are in the 16-24 age group. Moreover, less than 5% of content creators are over 35 years old (sources here). Indeed, this social is recommended as the most suitable to companies looking to connect with an audience of teenagers or those under 30.
The Daily Mail quotes videos with captions such as: "Heal with me after top surgery!" (euphemism for the mastectomy of healthy breasts done solely to 'feel like men'). Another video shows the transformation from 'good little Christian girl' to 'gay atheist transsexual who loves tattoos and chaos'.
"It is no coincidence that the growth of TikTok corresponds exactly to the exponential growth of children with gender dysphoria.. These videos risk leading to a generation of children to believe that 'changing sex' is easy and is the answer to all their problems"says Kate Harris of LGB Alliance.
According to Stephanie Arai-Davies, who works with the detransitioner Keira Bell, TikTok 'is full of videos portraying the medical transition as cool and transgressive. Gender is seen as the new rebellion. These platforms that promote medical transition should be obliged to include a warning on such material'.
Full article here