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TikTok introduces Content Advisory Council in Brazil

TikTok will call upon the council to provide views and advice around the app's policies and practices of content moderation in Brazil

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  • TikTok already has this kind of council in other regions, a Facebook Oversight Board-alike model;
  • Brazil is the third in the world with the largest number of publications excluded for violating TikTok’s terms of use.

The Chinese social network TikTok announced it has created a security advisory council in Brazil to help with content moderation. According to the Senior Director of Trust & Safety at TikTok in the Americas, Jeffrey Collins, the initiative is part of the company’s global strategy to understand local cultures seeking to have a positive impact, “keep our platform safe and build trust.”

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TikTok already has this kind of council in other regions, a Facebook Oversight Board-alike model. TikTok’s content advisory council members are technology and safety experts who will help shape the app’s policies in cases of hate speech, bullying, disinformation, and political issues.

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Brazil is the third in the world with the largest number of publications excluded for violating TikTok’s terms of use. Filling out the members of TikTok’s Content Advisory Council in Brazil are:

Yasodara Cordova, a fellow of the MC / MPA Ford Foundation, at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, at Harvard University. Her work focus is on digital ethics, human rights, data privacy, misinformation, and child safety.

Fabricio Benvenuto, associate professor at the Department of Computer Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and former member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2013-2017). He specializes in disinformation.

Nina da Hora, a computer scientist at PUC-Rio, researcher and scientific disseminator in the area of ​​technology and society, with a focus on algorithms, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. Her specialties are computer science, IoT, and diversity.

Carlos Affonso Souza, director of the Rio de Janeiro Institute of Technology & Society (ITS Rio). Professor of Law at UERJ and PUC-Rio. Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Fellow of the Information Society Project, Yale Law School. Member of the Executive Committee of the Global Network of Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC). He specializes in technology policy and regulation.

Mariana Valente, one of the directors of InternetLab, an independent research center based in São Paulo, Brazil, focuses on the intersection between law and technology in online spaces. She is also a professor at Insper. She specializes in human rights and internet policies, inequalities and technology, digital inclusion and access, and women’s rights and digital technologies.

Thiago Amparo, professor at FGV Law School in São Paulo and at FGV School of International Relations, teaching courses on human rights, international law, diversity policies, discrimination and law.