Nunziato Named Chair of TikTok Advisory Council

Portrait of Dawn Nunziato
March 27, 2020

Dawn C. Nunziato, William Wallace Kirkpatrick Research Professor at GW Law, has been named Chair of the newly created Content Advisory Council for social video creation platform TikTok.

The Content Advisory Council will meet with US TikTok leaders every few months to advise the company in the area of content moderation and to discuss issues relevant to the company and its users. The first council meeting, scheduled for the end of March, will focus on platform integrity, including creating policies against misinformation and election interference. The council also will advise the company on its policies and practices surrounding child safety, hate speech, bullying, and other issues.

The council is initially composed of seven leading technology and safety experts–including Professor Nunziato–who come from the worlds of law, policy, health and wellness, academia, and more. TikTok expects the number of council members to grow to about a dozen over time. 

"I am very honored to join these outstanding leaders in helping to shape the future of TikTok," said Professor Nunziato. "With the establishment of the Content Advisory Council, TikTok has demonstrated its commitment to content moderation and the importance of this area for both members of their community and for the public discourse at large."

Professor Nunziato is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of free speech, Internet law, digital copyright, and content regulation. She is the co-director of the Global Internet Freedom Project and the author of Virtual Freedom: Net Neutrality and Free Speech in the Internet Age (Stanford University Press). She has lectured around the world and written extensively on issues involving free speech and the Internet.