TikTok hires group of ex-US Congresspeople to review content policies

REUTERS – October 16, 2019

TikTok said K&L Gates — the group of ex-US congresspeople, including Bart Gordon and Jeff Denham — will work with internal management team

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TikTok app’s logo is seen on a screen of a mobile phone, February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Illustration/Danish Siddiqui/Files

TikTok will bring in an external group, comprising former US congresspeople, to review and advise on its content moderation policies including on child safety, misinformation, and hate speech, the popular Chinese-owned video app said on Tuesday.

The group, K&L Gates, will work with TikTok’s internal US management team, the company said. The group includes former congressmen Bart Gordon and Jeff Denham.

TikTok said the move will increase transparency around content moderation policies and its practices to protect users.

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TikTok won’t allow political ads

TikTok, which has its headquarters in Southern California, lets advertisers sponsor hashtag contests or run short-form ads in keeping with the short video snippet style at the service.

Created by Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, and is hugely popular in Southeast Asia, including India.

But similar to other social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, the video app too has faced the ire of regulators related to content moderation on its platform.

Facebook — the world’s largest social network — is in the process of setting up an external oversight board to function as an independent court of appeals on content decisions from its moderators.

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