TikTok backtracks over Lizzo bikini censorship

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: Lizzo arrives at the 51st NAACP Image Awards on February 22, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
TikTok has backtracked after Lizzo called them out for removing her content. Photo: Getty Images

TikTok tells Yahoo Lifestyle that it has reinstated a video of Lizzo that had initially been removed from the social media platform after the Grammy-winner them of removing certain images of her from their app.

A spokeswoman for TikTok said that a video in question was removed because it was thought to be in violation of its community guidelines after it appeared the Truth Hurts singer flashed the camera when she lifted up her dress.

TikTok later determined that Lizzo was wearing a bathing suit, and as of Wednesday, the video was back up.

“I just want to express how amazing Lizzo is as a creator, as an artist and as a trendsetter,” the spokeswoman said.

“And our community loves her, so immediately, as soon as we saw it might be an issue, looked into it. And our team is in touch with her team, so when she’s like ‘Tik Tok let’s talk,’ our team talks.”

The Juice singer, who posts regularly to the social media platform, sent a message to TikTok after she claims that videos of her in bathing suits were removed.

Sent via a lip-sync video to I Know, a song made popular by TikTok user Erin McMillen, the star grilled the platform in some strongly worded messages written over the video.

“TikTok keeps taking down my videos with me in my bathing suits,” Lizzo wrote.

“But allows other videos with girls in bathing suits.”

“I wonder why?” she pointedly asked, adding: “TikTok we need to talk.”

Fans come to Lizzo’s defence

Lizzo, who is outspoken about body positivity, has gained millions of views on her video and a lot of support from fans.

“Because you’re glowing queen and people can’t handle it,” one commenter wrote.

“Don’t they know you’ve given them multiple viral sounds?” another fan wondered.

“Oh wow! Wouldn’t think they’d pull videos from stars. Disappointing. I do hope they talk to you,” someone else said.

“It happens to me too!!! CURVY GIRL PROBLEMS...” another user noted.

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