TikTok has built a Safety Advisory Council for Europe which will shape its content moderation policies amid a buildup of complaints and probes from the app in the continent. The creation of the nine-member panel, which includes anti-bullying and mental health experts, follows the usa Content Advisory Council the Chinese-owned platform formed last March.
TikTok’s European delegates include academics and members of non-profits that specialize in dealing with child abuse, addiction, violent extremism, discrimination and cyber-bullying. It says the council will help it to develop “forward-looking policies” that address current and emerging challenges facing its thriving community. While the above issues aren’t strictly limited to the video-sharing platform and affect all internet sites alike, TikTok is facing heightened scrutiny in Europe over security and privacy concerns that relate to the welfare of its younger user base.
EU watchdogs had already launched a glut of probes investigating its data-sharing practices prior to the app was hit with an enormous consumer complaint last month. Inside it, a grouping of consumer watchdogs alleged it had been breaking GDPR laws by hoarding private information, hiding its policies behind vague conditions and terms and blurring the relative line between advertising and user-generated content.
At the proper time, TikTok said it had been ready to meet the consumer organizations (a collective referred to as the BEUC) to go over their concerns. Despite a few of its failings, its latest move can be targeted at engaging with regulators since it seeks to help expand promote its user safety policies.