A recent report by the Wall Street Journal (via Engadget) has revealed that the popular Chinese social media giant – TikTok, will stop using China-based moderators to monitor overseas content. It’ll instead be hiring content moderators living outside of China to do the job.
This move by TikTok is aimed towards reducing the chances of content censorship by the Chinese government. The report states that TikTok has asked over 100 moderators to look for other roles within its parent company Bytedance or they have the option to apply elsewhere. TikTok will now be keeping regional moderators, which in turn, will help with better cultural understanding.
TikTok is constantly stepping up its efforts to boost transparency. It was just last week when TikTok announced its plans of launching a content moderation center to boost transparency. The center is aimed at offering insight about the app’s source code, internal instructions of the software and other security related information. The Content moderation Center will be opened at TikTok’s Los Angeles office.
TikTok has received quite a bit of flak over privacy in the past, and the recent move by the firm might prove to be helpful. Speaking of flak received by TikTok, Republican Senator, Josh Hawley, announced earlier this month that he plans on introducing a legislation to ban all the federal employees from using TikTok. He also blamed the company for sharing private user data with the Chinese government. Reddit CEO also mentioned at the one-day Conference, “Social 2030” organized by Lightspeed Venture Partners, that TikTok is “fundamentally parasitic” and a “spyware”.