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TikTok Update Promotes Safer Content Creation And Sharing

A major update to the platform’s Community Guidelines coincides with the introduction of several new features designed to improve transparency.

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As TikTok continues to grow in popularity, and with the company coming under scrutiny from the likes of the US government, the video platform has made another alteration to its community guidelines and added new features “to ensure that all communities benefit from a safer and more transparent environment”.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the changes:

Improved Clarity

Effective next month, TikTok will refine definitions and add more detail to its policies, including those concerning hate speech and health misinformation. Additionally, the platform will include more comprehensive guidelines on how Search, LIVE, and the For You feed are moderated.

Accounts that repeatedly violate For You feed standards may be temporarily ineligible for recommendation and, therefore, will be less discoverable in searches. Creators will receive notifications about restrictions placed on their content and have the option to appeal.

Warning Strikes

TikTok is also introducing a new warning strike system. Creators who accidentally violate Community Guidelines for the first time will not be penalized, but subsequent violations (other than in extreme cases, such as incitement to violence) will be added to a tally, eventually resulting in a ban.

Account Check Tool

TikTok has also announced an “Account Check” tool where creators can review their last 30 posts and overall account status. Account Checks are intended to help creators understand whether they are in good standing and inform them of any restrictions to their accounts.

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Creator Code Of Conduct

In addition to updated Community Guidelines, TikTok is also debuting a Creator Code of Conduct. The new standards “set expectations for creators involved in TikTok programs, features, events and campaigns to follow on and off-platform, in addition to the Community Guidelines and Terms of Service”.

In the wake of a potential US ban, TikTok’s updated Community Guidelines seem like an effort to appease US lawmakers. However, little seems to be able to stop the platform’s meteoric growth, with the app now boasting 1.92 billion users — a 16% increase in a single year.

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Truecaller To Use Microsoft Azure AI Speech For Call Answering

The new service features a powerful speech generation tool to allow users to create AI versions of their voices.

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Truecaller, a well-known app for identifying and blocking spam calls, is enhancing its services by allowing users to create AI versions of their voices. The new feature, available to those with access to Truecaller’s AI Assistant, stems from a partnership with Microsoft and its Azure AI Speech tool, allowing the generation of realistic AI voices that accurately mimic users’ speech patterns and tone.

“This groundbreaking capability not only adds a touch of familiarity and comfort for the users but also showcases the power of AI in transforming the way we interact with our digital assistants,” explained Truecaller product director and general manager Raphael Mimoun in a recent blog post.

The AI Assistant in Truecaller screens incoming calls, informing recipients of a caller’s purpose. Based on this information, users can decide whether to answer the call themselves or let the AI Assistant handle it.

When the feature was introduced in 2022, users could only choose from a collection of preset voices. The ability to record one’s own voice represents a significant step towards the complete personalization of the service.

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Azure AI Speech, showcased during the last Build conference, only recently added a personal voice feature that lets people record and replicate voices. Microsoft explained in a blog post, however, that Personal Voice is available on a limited basis and only for specific use cases like voice assistants.

To maintain ethical standards, Microsoft’s Azure AI Speech automatically adds watermarks to AI-generated voices. Additionally, a code of conduct requires companies to obtain full consent from individuals being recorded and prohibits impersonation.

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