'Nothing To Do With Body Type': TikTok Justify Lizzo Bikini Take Down
The singer claims the social media platform 'keep taking down' videos of her in bathing suits.
If we've learnt anything, it's not to get on the bad side of Lizzo. The singer is known to fight for body positivity, especially when it comes to her own.
In January, Lizzo said she was quitting Twitter because there were 'too many trolls'. Now she's taken aim at TikTok, claiming the platform 'keeps taking down' videos on her in swimming costumes.
Sharing a recent TikTok of her lip syncing an audio which has gained two million likes, Lizzo addressed the platform with a caption over her video.
"TikTok keeps taking down my videos with me in my bathing suits," she wrote. "But allows other videos with girls in bathing suits. I wonder why? Tiktok... we need to talk."
Speaking to 10 daily over the phone, a spokesperson for TikTok denied the singer's videos were taken down due to her body type.
"Lizzo is a very popular artist, we love her, we're obsessed with her. She is a trendsetter and she's a part of a number of TikTok challenges," a TikTok spokesperson said.
"The deletion of the video in question had nothing to do with the bathing suit or her body type. It's actually because it appeared like she was in her underwear as opposed to a swimsuit."
The TikTok spokesperson said following a review against their community guidelines, Lizzo's video has now been reinstated. "The video is back online now," the spokesperson said.
TikTok have, however, previously admitted to hiding content from 'special users' who they deemed could be at risk of bullying on the platform. This included those who were overweight, had a disability or identified as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
TikTok stated at the time that the decision was “never intended to be a long-term solution" for dealing with bullying on the platform.
“Early on, in response to an increase in bullying on the app, we implemented a blunt and temporary policy," TikTok said in a statement.
"While the intention was good, the approach was wrong and we have long since changed the earlier policy in favour of more nuanced anti-bullying policies and in-app protections."
TikTok said this ceased in December of 2019.
Lizzo previously defended her body type and outfit choices when she wore a dress to an NBA game that featured a cut out around her bum.
"This is who I've always been," she said in the video. "Now everyone's looking at it and your criticism can just remain your criticism."
Negative criticism has no stake in my life, no control over my life, over my emotions. I'm the happiest I've ever been, I'm surrounded by love.
"Who I am and the essence of me and the things that I choose to do as a grown-ass woman can inspire you to do the same," she continued in the video to her 6 million followers. "You don't have to be like me. You need to be like you. And never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself."
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