Social media application TikTok is launching a content moderation facility in an attempt to boost transparency, the Chinese firm stated Wednesday, as it faces probe from U.S. lawmakers who’ve accused it of sharing user information with the Chinese authorities.
The “Transparency Center” is to be set-up at TikTok’s Los Angeles office, where external consultants will manage its operations, the company wrote in its blog.
The facility would later provide insights into the app’s source code, the closely guarded internal instructions of the application, and offer more details on privacy and security.
A number of U.S. authorities that deal with national security and intelligence points have banned employees from utilizing the app, whose popularity among youngsters has been growing quickly.
Based on a 2017 Chinese legislation, companies operating in the nation are required to cooperate with the federal government on national intelligence.
The U.S. Navy blocked the app in December from its authorities issued mobile gadgets, calling it a “cybersecurity threat”. Later that month, TikTok revealed its first transparency report on the volume and nature of governmental requests for its users’ account data.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley called for a ban on the application for all federal staff last week, representing a broader concern among lawmakers about the collection and sharing of data on U.S. users with the Chinese authorities.
The firm has refused claims and has said that U.S. user data is stored in the U.S. and that China doesn’t have control over content that isn’t in China.