Oracle has begun testing social media giant TikTok’s algorithms to ensure they are not being manipulated by Chinese authorities.
As reported by Axios, (opens in a new tab) USA cloud The giant has already begun looking into both TikTok’s algorithms and content moderation models following ongoing concerns about collusion between the Chinese government and TikTok’s parent company ByteDance.
This was reported by a representative of TikTok Axios that the new partnership will allow Oracle to conduct “regular review and validation” of the company’s content recommendation and moderation models.
Past reports have claimed that TikTok is blocking or flagging some videos critical of the Chinese government, as well as censoring videos that mention topics such as Tibetan independence or the Tiananmen Square massacre.
The reviews should mean Oracle can examine how TikTok’s algorithms display content “to make sure the results are as expected and that the models aren’t being manipulated in any way,” the spokesperson added.
Giving Oracle this visibility “will ensure that content continues to be flagged and accepted appropriately based on our community guidelines and no other factors.”
The move is the latest in a series of attempts by TikTok to help appease the US government over concerns that user data is being manipulated.
The Trump administration has taken a tough stance on TikTok and ByteDance: In 2020, a US national security panel ordered the company to abandon its operations in the US, arguing that the data of US users could fall into the hands of the Chinese government. .
However, the Biden administration is eager to work with the company that launched Project Texas, a large-scale effort to convince US lawmakers about the security of user data.
Along with moving user data from the US to Oracle facilities, TikTok also spun off its backend US operations and code under Project Texas.