Oracle is reportedly auditing TikTok’s management of user data and content moderation

Enrique, 16 August 2022

TikTok has often been under the scrutiny of American lawmakers and users alike with concerns that user data was being transmitted and accessed by servers in China. With TikTok’s popularity exploding in the last few years, user data and privacy of the platform has been discussed at length.

In a new report, Axios has learned that Oracle has been conducting an audit of TikTok’s operations. Specifically, Oracle is looking into TikTok’s feed algorithm and content moderation models “to ensure they aren’t manipulated by Chinese authorities”.

Oracle is reportedly auditing TikTok’s management of user data and content moderation

During the Trump Administration, TikTok faced a ban unless it divested its US assets to American companies Walmart and Oracle. After a judge blocked the TikTok ban, the ban fell through and TikTok still reached a partnership with Oracle to operate under its cloud infrastructure.

Since June, TikTok has been routing U.S. user data through Oracle – but only after a BuzzFeed report revealed that Chinese ByteDance engineers were accessing private data on TikTok’s American users.

TikTok’s popularity shifted the landscape among popular social apps. It also prompted both YouTube and Instagram to adopt their own versions of TikTok videos (Shorts and Reels, respectively).

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