TikTok has named the group of specialists who will help direct the application’s content moderation strategies as a component of the recently shaped “Content Advisory Council.”
The group of experts is led by George Washington University Law Professor Dawn Nunziato and is comprised of scholastics who are specialists in issues like child security, free speech, governmental issues, and video forensics. The seven-part committee (the organization says it will, in the long run, develop to “around twelve” individuals) will begin meeting with TikTok’s US officials in the not so distant future to talk about “critical topics around platform integrity, including policies against misinformation and election interference.”
What’s not satisfactory is exactly how much impact this advisory council will at last have, or if their association will help diffuse analysis of the application, which is claimed by Chinese organization ByteDance. As TikTok’s notoriety in the US has soared, the application has been blamed for editing content disparaging of the Chinese government. TikTok has likewise been met with doubt by US government authorities, some of whom trust it represents a national security risk and has looked to forbid the application from governmentally issued gadgets.
Commenting on the TikTok initiative, former Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) said: “We are proud of the work TikTok’s US leadership has put in, alongside our team, to form a group of experts with a diverse array of experiences and perspectives.”
In praise of the initial group of experts, former Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) stated: “We firmly believe that this Council is more than capable of providing candid and productive advice as TikTok continues to strengthen its content moderation policies.”
The new content advisory council is only one way TikTok has attempted to address these issues. The organization declared a week ago that it would open a “transparency center” in the US, and that it would permit outside experts to look at the application’s source code and prompt on content balance and different strategies.
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