TikTok has announced updated content guidelines and standards as CEO Shou Zi Chew plans to testify before U.S. congressional lawmakers concerning the app’s privacy, data-security practices, and relationship with the government of China.
The hearing comes after measures that would expand the Biden administration’s authority to enact a U.S. ban on the app were introduced.
TikTok has encountered criticism in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, with governments prohibiting the app from government-owned devices over cybersecurity, data privacy, and pro-Beijing narrative concerns.
Recently, Norway and the Netherlands advised not to install apps like TikTok on government-issued phones, citing security or intelligence agencies.
The updated community guidelines of TikTok include eight principles for content moderation decisions, which aim to uphold human rights and balance freedom of expression with prevention of harm.
The new guidelines will be effective on April 21. They provide extra details on restrictions on deepfakes, banning deepfakes of private figures and young people and requiring labeling for deepfakes of public figures in particular contexts.
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