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#NSTviral: TikTok removes Jocelyn Chia's controversial video citing hate speech

KUALA LUMPUR: TikTok has removed a viral video by controversial stand-up performer Jocelyn Chia, which contained insulting remarks about Malaysia, citing a violation of their hate speech guidelines.

A representative from TikTok told an online news portal that the video was taken down due to its breach of community guidelines and depiction of discriminatory content.

The representative stated, "TikTok is a diverse and inclusive community that does not tolerate discrimination.

"We do not allow content that contains hate speech or that involves hateful behaviour. Thus we have removed it from our platform."

In the video, which gained viral attention, Chia criticised Malaysia's economic development and made reference to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 8, 2014, remarking that Malaysian airplanes "can't fly."

The video was a recording of Chia's stand-up performance at the Comedy Cellar Club in New York.

The video gained significant traction on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok yesterday, leading the comedian to go offline on these platforms.

It remains to be seen whether Chia's social media accounts have been suspended or if she voluntarily took them down.

However, earlier today, she uploaded the same video on TikTok with the caption: "The funniest part was after my set, the host asked the Malaysian how they got to NYC, and they replied Singapore Airlines."

While the offensive video has been removed, Chia's TikTok account is still active.

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