TikTok has announced the formation of a European Safety Advisory Council to provide third-party advice on content moderation and enforcement.
As millions of people in Europe access TikTok every day to be entertained, educated, and have fun, there is always an uphill struggle to keep its community feeling safe. To help review features and policies, TikTok has now formed a new European Safety Advisory Council.
“The Council will bring together leaders from academia and civil society from all around Europe. Each member brings a different, fresh perspective on the challenges we face and members will provide subject matter expertise as they advise on our content moderation policies and practices,” explains Julie de Bailliencourt, Head of Product Policy, EMEA at TikTok.
“Not only will they support us in developing forward-looking policies that address the challenges we face today, they will also help us to identify emerging issues that affect TikTok and our community in the future.”
The inaugural members of the Council are:
Alex Holmes, Deputy CEO of the UK non-profit The Diana Award and founder of peer to peer support program Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Alex brings expertise in working with young people on issues such as discrimination, bullying, digital access, and confidence.
Ethel Quayle, Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh and Director of COPINE. Ethel is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with sex offenders and their victims and researches technology-mediated crimes against children.
Ian Power, CEO of the Irish not-for-profit, Community Creations, behind the award-winning young people wellbeing and mental health initiatives: SpunOut.ie and ‘50808’.
Judy Korn, CEO of the German organization Violence Prevention Network, a network of more than 100 experts in deradicalization and rehabilitation of people under the influence of violent extremist ideologies.
Justine Atlan, CEO of e-Enfance, the French NGO for young people’s safety online. A lawyer by training, Justine now specializes in digital parenting and representing the interests of young people to national and European institutions, digital companies, and the media.
Kristine Evertz, manager at the Dutch non-profit Blijf Groep. Kristine specializes in working with victims of domestic violence and child abuse, ensuring their online safety and helping families rebuild their lives.
Robin Sclafani, Director at CEJI, A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe. CEJI works to fight discrimination in all its forms, principally through anti-bias education and training programs, as well as hate crime monitoring, response, and prevention.
Satu Raappana, Executive Director, Mental Collective, MIELI Mental Health Finland. Satu is an expert in the application of new technologies in tackling mental health issues in digital society.
Seyi Akiwowo, founder and CEO of a newly formed charity, Glitch. Glitch’s mission is to awaken a generation of digital citizens equipped to create and demand safe online spaces for all.
Over time, more members will be joining from different countries and specializing in more areas of expertise.
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