TikTok backtracks after Lizzo accuses app of removing videos that show her in a bathing suit

UPDATE 03/05/20: TikTok tells Yahoo Lifestyle that it reinstated a video of Lizzo that had initially been removed from the social media platform. 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.”

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Lizzo has accused TikTok of removing certain images of her from the video-sharing app — and the Grammy-award winning artist has more than a few things to say about it.

The “Truth Hurts” 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. In the video, she can be seen lip-syncing the popular song, “I Know,” which was made popular by TikTok user Erin McMillen, while getting her hair done.

“TikTok keeps taking down my videos with me in my bathing suits,” Lizzo wrote over a clip of her lip-syncing the words “I know.” She went on to add that TikTok “allows other videos with girls in bathing suits. I wonder why? TikTok we need to talk.”

Lizzo, who is outspoken about body positivity, has gotten 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...” a user noted.

Yahoo Lifestyle reached out to TikTok for comment but has not heard back by the time of publishing. The company’s community guidelines prohibit pornography but do not mention bathing suits.

UPDATE 03/05/20: This story has been updated to include a statement from Tik Tok.

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