This month, researchers at NewsGuard, a journalism and technology platform that monitors online information,
searched TikTok and Google for information on important news topics like the 2020 presidential election,
the conflict in Russia and Ukraine, and abortion to compare the misinformation presented by their search engines.
The investigation argues that TikTok, whose users are mostly teenagers and young adults,
repeatedly presented videos containing misleading claims in the first 20 results, frequently within the first five."
Google, in contrast, offered better-quality, less divisive, and significantly less inaccurate results.
The researchers looked up contentious news stories like "Uvalde tx plot," "mRNA vaccination,"
and "2022 election." According to the study, they looked through
540 TikTok results and discovered that 105 videos, or 19.4%, made inaccurate or deceptive claims.
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