Lawmakers Address Algorithmic Discrimination Concerns on TikTok

(therednewsnetwork.com) During the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with TikTok CEO Shou Chew, lawmakers focused on national security concerns, but some expressed concerns about discrimination through algorithms. Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester and Diana DeGette questioned the CEO about the removal of abortion misinformation from the platform. Representative Yvette Clarke questioned the CEO about monetization, specifically regarding the possibility of algorithms incorrectly flagging accounts based on the use of certain terms. She also expressed concern about the disproportionate effect that black people face on TikTok due to algorithmic discrimination. Representative Doris Matsui spoke about her bill, the Algorithmic Justice and Online Platform Transparency Act, which would prevent algorithms from discriminating and require public reports to be published by platforms that provide transparency around moderated content.