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TikTok forms APAC safety advisory council to advise on content moderation, other issues

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TikTok on Tuesday announced a 'Safety Advisory Council' for the Asia Pacific region to advise the app on content moderation policies, and identify existing and emerging issues in the APAC region that could affect the platforms and its users. The council will also develop strategies to tackle these challenges. It includes one Indian — Amitabh Kumar, the founder of Social Media Matters. We have reached out to TikTok and Kumar for more information. The council will convene quarterly to discuss issues such as online safety, child safety, digital literacy, mental health and human rights with TikTok’s regional leaders. It will also report on observations and submit formal recommendations related to these issues. However, in its announcement, TikTok didn’t give details of how the members of the council were selected. Members of the council: As of now, there are seven members in the council from countries such as India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Japan, and Singapore among others, but TikTok said that it will include more members from others markets in the APAC region, in the future. The current members of the council are: Amitabh Kumar, founder of Social Media Matters (India) Jehan Ara, president of the Pakistan Software Houses Association and founder of The Nest I/O (Pakistan) Nguyen Phuong Linh, executive director, Management and Sustainable Development Institute (Vietnam) Yuhyun Park, founder, DQ Institute (Singapore) Akira Sakamoto, professor of psychology, Ochanomizu University (Japan) Seungwoo Son, professor of industrial security, Chung-Ang University (South Korea) Anita Wahid, activist, Gusdurian Network Indonesia and president of the Indonesia Anti-Hoax Society (Indonesia) "By…

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