Sub-Committee to question TikTok
17 September 2020
MPs will question a senior representative of Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok in the company’s first appearance before the Committee.
- Watch the session on Parliament TV
- Inquiry: Online harms and the ethics of data
- Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
Allegations of political censorship and action it has taken to remove harmful content are among the issues to be considered. With TikTok’s popularity among young teens, the Sub-committee will focus on how the company protects the data and privacy of children online, wider data policy, the use of algorithms and its platform design. The social media platform has 3.7 million active users in the UK and reports it has more than 100 million users in Europe.
MPs will consider wider political issues facing TikTok in a global context with expert in Chinese tech Rui Ma and Beijing-based FT journalist Yuan Yang.
The Sub-Committee previously held evidence sessions with social media companies Facebook, Google and Twitter in its inquiry into misinformation in the Covid-19 infodemic.
Tuesday 22 September 2020, Wilson Room, Portcullis House
*Please note there is no access to Parliament
- Theo Bertram, Director of Public Policy EMEA, TikTok
- Rui Ma, Creator and Co-Host, Tech Buzz China
- Yuan Yang, Deputy Beijing Bureau Chief and former tech correspondent, FT
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