TikTok units up new security council for content material moderation
The head of SpunOut.ie is one of the founding members of the group that will assist the company in monitoring content on the platform.
TikTok has set up a security advisory board in Europe that supports the moderation of content on the video sharing platform.
The council members will work with the Chinese-owned company to develop guidelines for removing harmful or illegal content and to identify future trends that may pose a challenge.
There are nine founding members from several countries in Europe representing charities, non-profit organizations and universities.
Among them is Ian Power, the managing director of non-profit Community Creations, the organization behind the youth health information service SpunOut.ie and the crisis hotline 50808.
TikTok’s product policy team is led from the Dublin office, which has quickly grown its workforce, and led by Julie de Bailliencourt.
“Everything we do is aimed at making sure TikTok is a safe place where creative expression can flourish,” said de Bailliencourt. “The challenges we face are complex and constantly evolving. Therefore, working with external experts is of crucial importance. “
More members from other countries and other disciplines are expected to join the council soon.
“The range of challenges young people face on the Internet is evolving and we are learning more and more about their online safety experiences and best practices every day,” added Power.
“TikTok has taken a proactive approach to making its platform more secure for developers and users and I look forward to working with colleagues on the European Security Advisory Board to help TikTok continue this important work.”
Like the other major social media platforms, TikTok is facing increasing pressure to improve its content moderation practices. The EU digital services law will impose much stricter regulatory responsibilities on TikTok, Facebook and Twitter to monitor content on their platforms and, if necessary, remote content.
In the meantime, national authorities have taken action against TikTok, particularly Italy, which ordered the company to put in place stricter controls to verify users’ ages. Last month, the European consumer rights association BEUC filed a complaint with the European Commission about how TikTok handles the data of users under the age of 18.