TikTok joins up with Internet Matters to improve safety
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TikTok, the popular short video sharing app, has been under fire after failing to do enough to combat paedophiles on the platform. In response, it has partnered with Internet Matters and has implemented new safety features. A recent BBC investigation found that TikTok was failing to remove accounts of people sending explicit messages to children after finding hundreds of comments on videos in three months. “While the majority of sexual comments were removed within 24 hours of being reported, TikTok still failed to remove a number of messages that were clearly inappropriate for children”, said the BBC.
Image Credit: TikTokEarlier this year TikTok was also fined $5.7 million for illegally collecting information about under 13s including names, emails, addresses and location. In response, TikTok has partnered with the non-profit organisation Internet Matters who empower parents and carers so that their young children can stay safe in the modern digital world. The partnership will also provide tools to parents, schools and online users to stay safe.
Image Credit: geralt via Pixabay“We are excited to join Internet Matters in this industry collaboration. Promoting a safe and positive experience is TikTok’s top priority since the very beginning and we will continue to raise awareness around important issues including online safety and digital wellbeing” said Patrick Nommensen, Global Public Policy, at TikTok. TikTok recently launched the Safer Internet Day, #BetterMeBetterInternet initiative which appeals to internet users to create a safer internet. The campaign was successful with 1.6 million users from over 14 countries taking part by uploading videos on staying safe.
Image Credit: Safer Internet DayIn addition, TikTok has released a video series titled ‘You’re in Control’ which promotes TikTok’s settings for managing your profile, which you can view on @tiktoktips. Hopefully, the increased measures introduced by TikTok will be enough to address the issues. However, we will have to wait to see how effective they are.