TIC Toc announced Today it will provide select researchers with greater transparency about its platform and moderation system. The company is developing a research API to improve access to public and anonymized data about content and activity on its apps. TikTok says it does not currently have an easy way for researchers to assess or test content on its platform. The company plans to make API access available to select researchers later this year.
TikTok has also developed a moderation system API that it plans to make available this fall in its Virtual Transparency and Accountability Center hub. Moderation System API will be give select researchers a way to evaluate Content Moderation of Tiktok System and current checks Content on the App. In addition, researchers will be able to upload their own content to see whether different types of content are either allowed, denied, or passed on to moderators for further evaluation.
TikTok will provide independent experts on its US Content Advisory Council API access access to confidential information, such as its keyword lists, which are used to help detect and flag potentially infringing content. TikTok says these changes will give experts the ability to conduct in-depth analysis. Lastly, TikTok will publish insights into its quarterly community about covert influence operations that have been identified and removed from its platform globally. guideline enforcement Report.
“These initiatives are well underway and will be rolling out in the coming months this year,” Vanessa Pappas, chief operating officer of TikTok, said in a blog post. “We will update on our progress as we continue to innovate when it comes to being transparent and accountable.”
Today’s announcement comes at a time when TikTok is trying to prove that it does not pose a national security threat because of its parent company’s ties to China. Gizmodo released a report earlier today This shows that TikTok aims to reduce its ties with China. The report includes responses that TikTok’s public relations staff are asked to use when faced with questions about TikTok’s connections to China.
New transparency commitments also a . follow the results of Buzzfeed News The report revealed that TikTok employees in China had access to data on the company’s US users. At the same time, TikTok said it was moving US users’ data to Oracle servers stored in the US, a BuzzFeed News report, which cites recordings from 80 TikTok internal meetings it obtained, claims that TikTok’s US employees. has repeatedly consulted with its allies in China. To understand how US user data flowed in because they “did not have permission or knowledge of how to access the data themselves.”
In response to the report, several Republican senators wrote to tiktok For expressing concern about the Company’s policies regarding data access. TikTok responded to the letter by acknowledging that some employees in China have access to the data “subject to a series of robust cybersecurity controls and authorization approval protocols overseen by our US-based security team.” The company has attempted to reassure senators that it is working on a program called “Project Texas” to strengthen data security for US-based users.