The upcoming social media website Tiktok will allow UK politicians to review its algorithm, after MPs challenged the firm over censorship concerns and ties to the Chinese government.
Tiktok's UK director of government relations and public policy
Elizabeth Kanter said members of the Business Select Committee were welcome to visit its transparency centre, to review its algorithm and the way it moderates content.
Of course the very idea of algorithms has evolved into some sort of
assumption that they are a sinister means of corrupting the weak minds of social media users. In reality they are probably closer to something simple like:
Give 'em more of what they like and don't bother wasting their
time with 'worthy' content that they 'should' like, because they'll only skim over it anyway.
Kanter claimed that the app no longer moderates content based on political sensitivities or affiliation. She said:
Kanter reiterated the
company's claim that it would not share any data with its Chinese parent company Bytedance or with the Chinese authorities.
We do not censor content, I would encourage you to open the app and search for Tiananmen square, search for Uygher, search for Tibet -- you will find that content on Tik Tok.
TikTok has also announced that it is upping its censorship of political content. In a blog post, the app said it was expanding
its policy to take into account coded language and symbols used to spread hateful ideologies:
Tiktok already removes content related to neo-Nazism and white supremacy, but will now also ban similar ideologies such as
white nationalism, white genocide theory, Identitarianism and male supremacy.
Update: And on the subject of the repression of Uyghur muslims
10th November 2020. See
article from digitalmusicnews.com
A TikTok executive admitted to UK lawmakers that the platform censors anti-Chinese content. The statement was made during a hearing held by the UK's Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Committee. Elizabeth Kanter, TikTok's Director of Government
Relations and Public Policy, made the damning comments.
The UK hearing was held to determine whether businesses in the UK are exploiting forced labor in those Xinjiang camps. Kanter initially told the committee that TikTok does not censor content .
But when pressed about those previous incidents of censorship on the platform, Kanter admitted something different. She said those videos were removed in the early days of TikTok when content was governed by different guidelines. She said:
The people who wrote the content guidelines took a decision to not allow conflict on the platform, and so there were some incidents where content was not allowed on the platform, specifically with regard to the Uyghur
Kanter later backtracked on her comments claiming that she had misspoken.