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TikTok Vietnam celebrates Safety Internet Day

Released at: 15:25, 01/03/2019

TikTok Vietnam celebrates Safety Internet Day

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Conference discusses how to create a safer and healthier online environment for younger users.

by Nghi Do

TikTok Vietnam, the Institute of Policy Studies and Media Development (IPS), and the Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD) held the second workshop of the Safety Partner Council on February 28 in Hanoi to promote online safety in Vietnam.

To reinforce its commitment to the safety of users online, the platform and its Safety Partner Council also celebrated Safety Internet Day, with the theme #BetterMeBetterInternet, as part of its global efforts to promote online safety in 14 countries and regions.

The second workshop of the Safety Partner Council focused on the introduction of TikTok’s educational resources and fostered discussions with relevant government and NGO stakeholders on how to create a safer and healthier online environment for younger users.

“With the fastest growth in internet use in the Asia-Pacific region, Vietnam is facing many challenges beside opportunities,” said Mr. Dang Hoa Nam, General Director of the Children’s Department at the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs. “A large number of internet users are children, who lack knowledge about the risks and negative sides of the digital environment, raising concerns about risks to this group from abuse.”

Workshops like this with cyber-safety topics aimed at young users are extremely necessary because they provide valuable information to help raise awareness about how to maximize the benefits of the internet to children while at the same time limiting its potential risks and negative impacts, he added.

Younger users are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, especially in this new era of technology. To maximize the potential of the younger generation, they need to be empowered with enough digital skills so they can take ownership to leverage the benefits of the internet and minimize the risks associated with it. Schools and families are responsible for managing their children and students with strong support from the government and NGOs.

“Tech companies, in particular, should also take the initiative to implement community standards and together with other stakeholders to protect younger users from risks and keep them safe and give them a meaningful experience online,” said Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh, Director of MSD.

To ensure such efforts reach millions, TikTok also launched a series of safety tutorial videos to be distributed in user feeds. The video series is produced in an authentic TikTok style, with the aim of making online safety knowledge easier to consume and memorize.

Committed to the safety of users, TikTok also provides parents and young users with information and resources at the TikTok Safety Center, to assist them when they encounter safety-related matters on the platform.

The company developed TikTok to inspire creativity and empower users to explore a world beyond their own. So, for millions of its users, TikTok’s top priority is to improve the health and positivity of content.

“To help move toward this goal, we’ve been continuously enhancing and updating policies, tools, and resources to promote a safe app environment,” said Mr. Nguyen Lam Thanh, Head of Policy at TikTok Vietnam. “We have a number of measures in place today to protect against misuse, like restricted viewing mode, filters, in-app reporting, and a moderation team that can remove inappropriate content and terminate accounts violating the Terms of Service.”

Also as part of its efforts, TikTok has put in place protective measures by combining content moderation technology with a robust human moderation team. This team, which is based in over 20 countries and regions, including Vietnam, now covers 36 languages, an increase of 400 per cent in terms of language support from a year ago.

Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centers in Europe as one of its earliest actions in 2005, over the years, Safety Internet Day has become a landmark event in the global online safety calendar and is now celebrated in approximately 140 countries and territories worldwide.

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