TikTok on Tuesday proposed an alliance with 9 different social media platforms to work collectively and quickly to take away suicide content material, following an incident this month when a person killed himself on Fb.
The Chinese language-owned app mentioned it had set out its proposal in a letter to the chief executives of Fb, Instagram, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, Snapchat, Pinterest and Reddit.
TikTok’s interim CEO Vanessa Pappas famous that every of the platforms had its personal insurance policies to take down dangerous content material and cease its distribution.
“However, we believe each of our individual efforts to safeguard our own users and the collective community would be boosted significantly through a formal, collaborative approach to early identification and notification amongst industry participants of extremely violent, graphic content, including suicide,” she wrote within the letter.
Pappas proposed a gathering of security officers from every firm to work out particulars of a collective strategy, “which we believe will help us all improve safety for our users”.
TikTok launched its personal investigation after clips of the person’s suicide had been embedded into in any other case inoffensive movies shared broadly on its international platform, which is particularly well-liked with younger teenagers.
The unique video got here from a Fb livestream and confirmed an American man taking his personal life, in keeping with a warning TikTok despatched to customers on September 8.
The video was uploaded to numerous social media platforms after a “coordinated attack” by folks working on the darkish internet, senior TikTok government Theo Bertram informed a British parliamentary listening to on Tuesday.
“Our hearts go out to the victim in this case. But we do believe that we can do things better in the future,” mentioned Bertram, who’s director of presidency relations and public coverage for the corporate in Europe.
“We should now establish a partnership around dealing with this kind of content,” he mentioned, noting the proposed alliance would construct on present collaboration by the social media companies towards materials exhibiting sexual abuse of youngsters.
Bertram refused to be drawn on TikTok’s travails in the US, the place a deal to restructure the platform involving Oracle and Walmart is unsure, following threats by President Donald Trump to close it down.
The chief insisted the platform, owned by Chinese language firm ByteDance, is freed from interference by Beijing, however regretted situations prior to now the place it has taken down content material important of the communist regime.
Such content material included references to the plight of Uighur Muslims within the area of Xinjiang, and to the Tiananmen Sq. bloodbath in 1989.
“There is no political censorship of any kind,” Bertram, a former adviser to British prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, informed the MPs.
“I accept there are things we’ve got wrong, but I believe TikTok overwhelmingly is a force for good.”