TikTok begins testing an early version of its platform research API • TechCrunch

Earlier this year, TikTok announced that it is developing a research API to improve access to public and anonymous data about content and activity on its app. Now, the company says it’s ready to make a beta version of its platform research API available and has asked members of its Content and Security Advisory Councils to test a preview version of the API.

“To get started, we’ve asked members of our Content and Security Advisory Councils with experience in disinformation, violent extremism, hateful behavior, and emerging technologies to test an early version of our Platform Research API,” TikTok said in a statement. blog post. “They will have access to public data as we collect their feedback on usability and overall experience. We are dedicated to listening and incorporating tester feedback and creating an API that meets the needs of the scientific community while respecting the privacy of our community.”

At the time of the initial announcement, TikTok said that researchers currently don’t have an easy way to evaluate content or run tests on its platform, so it saw a need for a research API.

In addition to the platform’s research API, TikTok is developing a content moderation API. The company plans to share more details in the coming months. The moderation system API give select investigators a way to evaluate TikTok content moderation systems and review existing ones content in the application. Researchers will also be able to upload their own content to see how different types of content are allowed, denied, or passed to moderators for further evaluation.

TikTok’s update on its investigative API work comes amid new calls from FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr to ban the app. This was not the first time that Carr expressed this idea. After BuzzFeed News reported on data irregularities implicit in leaked internal communications, Carr wrote to Apple and Google in June calling the app an “unacceptable national security risk” and asking the companies to remove it from their stores. Of applications.

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