TikTok Walkout: TikTok users in the U.K. stage a blackout in protest after a creator, Anthony Ekpenyong (Anthony Q Lion), promoted by the platform, is convicted of rape and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Protest Demands: Participants in the blackout demand TikTok to enhance protocols, including criminal background checks and verification, for creators in its program. They aim to impact TikTok financially, as they believe the platform prioritizes money over safety.
TikTok's Response: TikTok, reportedly managing Ekpenyong directly, expresses horror at his conviction, removes him from the creator management program, and claims not to have removed his account. The platform faces calls to implement stricter measures against creators involved in serious offenses.