Teachers Quit As Pupils Fling False ‘paedophile’ Slurs In Latest TikTok Craze

Teachers are quitting their jobs because the latest TikTok craze is seeing them being falsely labelled as adulterers and paedophiles, unions have warned.

One Welsh school had to call the police after a meme was made of one teacher falsely suggesting they were an offender.

Schools also warned that the tech giant was so slow to respond to requests to take down the accusations, that parents were bringing in pupils' phones so teachers could conduct their own investigations.

The incidents come as the Telegraph found TikTok’s recommendation algorithms promoting hashtags accusing teachers of being paedophiles.

The tech company said it “regretted” the slurs and that it was “proactively” searching for such malicious allegations.

The new phenomenon sees pupils posting images or videos of teachers with hashtags - a feature that lets users search for the different topics on TikTok - such as #paedo.

However, the paper found that when users looked at the hashtag, TikTok recommended they also looked at the hashtag #paedoteacher.

'Teachers' lives are being ruined'

The NASUWT teachers union said that trend was prompting teachers, who were already stressed after working through lockdown, to quit the profession.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said: “If there is any evidence that companies like TikTok are actively promoting or inciting the abuse of teachers, this is wholly unacceptable and urgent action must be taken immediately by the Government.

“There is simply no excuse for abuse of teachers whose lives are being ruined as a result of the posting of malicious content on these social media platforms.”

Another teaching union said it had also had reports of teachers being falsely accused of having affairs in anonymous social media videos.

One incident at the Cwmtawe Community School, in the Swansea Valley, saw teachers contact the police to try and get a slanderous video taken down.

Gemma Morgan, assistant head teacher at the school, said the clip had been clandestinely shot of the teacher, despite the school’s mobile ban, and published on TikTok.

Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/22/teachers-quitting-pupils-falsely-accuse-paedophiles-latest-tiktok/

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