Social media personality and Duterte supporter Jam Magno was banned from TikTok on Wednesday, May 19, after posting videos targeting Miss Universe candidate Rabiya Mateo, including one mocking her finish at Miss Universe 2020.
"“Good morning, Philippines! Good morning, universe. How are we today? Are your bets in the top 10 or top 5?" Magno said in the TikTok video, which has been reposted and remains viewable on her Facebook page.
In a statement to Rappler, TikTok said the following regarding the issue:
"TikTok reserves the right to take action against any content or user that violates our Community Guidelines. The Community Guidelines helps TikTok prioritize safety, diversity, inclusion, and authenticity, thus ensuring not only the safety of the community, but also to foster kindness within the platform.
"We will suspend or ban accounts and/or devices that are involved in severe or repeated violations and will consider information available on other platforms and offline in these decisions but do not disclose it publicly."
Magno responded to the ban, saying, “Let me remind you that being on banned on Tiktok is NOT new to me and I came back from it before."
"In our country, we already have two female leaders, and by doing that, women are capable as men in handling a nation, " Rabiya said, referring to the late president Cory Aquino and former president Gloria Arroyo. She also cited New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinta Ardern.
Former Miss Universe winner Catriona Gray echoed Mateo's sentiments in a separate interview a week later:
"I don’t think your capacity to be a leader is determined by your gender. I think it’s defined by the capabilities, skills, and talent that you have – your experience, your character," she said. – Rappler.com