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TikTok no Longer Uses Chinese Moderators to Review Non-Chinese Videos

Last edited: March 16, 2020
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Chinese moderators working for TikTok will no longer review videos made outside of China. There have been concerns about potential interference from the Chinese government for some time. With this measure, the company wants to take away some of the users’ concerns.

TikTok Video Guidelines

TikTok is a video app that allows users to post short videos of, for example, dance routines and jokes. The app is very popular, especially among young people. To ensure that there is no content on the app that violates their community guidelines, the videos have to be moderated. For example, videos cannot contain violence or hate speech. If a user does not follow the rules, the post can be deleted and TikTok might even block an account (temporarily). This way, TikTok wants to keep the platform safe for all its users.

Chinese Interference

The last few months, there have been many concerns about Chinese government interference in the company, especially among US users. TikTok is a subsidiary of the Chinese ByteDance. The fear is that the parent company would interfere with the actions of TikTok. In China, there are strict rules for companies that determine which statements they can and cannot allow on their platforms. There is also a high degree of self-censorship. With this in mind, the Americans watched anxiously as the video app gained popularity. The app has made a lot of changes lately to gain back trust from its users.

Moderators

Now TikTok is also making changes to their review process to remove any user concerns. Previously, it was mainly Chinese moderators who reviewed all content. This caused some to worry that, for example, political statements would be censored. The company has now decided to stop Chinese moderators from reviewing TikToks made outside of China. From now on, this will only be done by non-Chinese moderators.

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Tove has been working for VPNoverview since 2017 as a journalist covering cybersecurity and privacy developments. Since 2019 she is VPNoverview.com's cybersecurity news coordinator.

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