October 15, 2019 / 4:54 PM / a month ago

TikTok brings in ex-U.S. congressmen to review content policies

FILE PHOTO: The logo of TikTok application is seen on a mobile phone screen in this picture illustration taken February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration/File Photo

(Reuters) - TikTok will bring in an external group comprising former U.S. congressmen to review and advise on its content moderation policies including on child safety, misinformation and hate speech, the popular Chinese-owned video app said on Tuesday.

The group, K&L Gates, will work with TikTok’s internal U.S. management team, the company said. The group includes former congressmen Bart Gordon and Jeff Denham.

TikTok said the move will increase transparency around content moderation policies and its practices to protect users.

Created by Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, and is hugely popular in Southeast Asia, including India.

But similar to other social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, the video app too has faced the ire of regulators related to content moderation on its platform.

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is in the process of setting up an external oversight board to function as an independent court of appeals on content decisions from its moderators.

Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel

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