TikTok to Set Up European Transparency Heart to Ease Information Safety Considerations
TikTok, one of the world’s highest-earning non-game apps, has announced plans to create a European transparency and accountability center in Ireland to allay concerns among policy makers and the general public about the Chinese app’s handling of user data.
In a statement released Tuesday, ByteDance’s TikTok said the center will provide outside experts insight into how its technology is used to protect the community, how content is moderated by the teams, and how recommendation technology works.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the center will initially be operational practically from June 2021 and, according to a statement, will begin full operation at a plant in Ireland next year.
Tuesday’s announcement came a week after TikTok became the target of a legal claim led by former England Child Commissioner Anne Longfield. She accused the short video app of illegally collecting the private information of millions of European children. TikTok has denied the claim.
TikTok said it currently has more than 100 million monthly active users in Europe.
In July 2020, TikTok launched a similar center in the US where outside experts can get a panoramic view of how the app goes on a daily basis, including how their employees review content uploaded to their platform and how they address the concerns of users and creators to process.
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