TikTok to disclose algorithms to Australian government

With concerns over the national security implications of TIkTok, Australian TikTok executives were questioned by the Australian Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media. The TikTok representatives had to address questions about the app’s ties to China, where the data of Australian users is stored, where the content moderators are located, and whether there is content moderation specifically targeted to exclude the topic of Uighur Muslims. According to Reuters, in their written submission: ‘TikTok said qualified government personnel could review its algorithm and test its source code at a transparency and accountability centre in Los Angeles in the United States and another to be built in Washington, or through virtual tours of the centres’.