Representatives of TikTok Pte. Ltd. visited Laos recently to promote online safety and appropriate content creation, providing training for Lao officials.
A training session on TikTok Community Guidelines was held on 19 January at the Institute of Information and Communication Technology for officials at the Department of Cyber Security, under the Ministry of Technology and Communications, according to the Ministry website.
The training session was co-chaired by Deputy Director-General of the Department of Cyber Security, Mrs. Phisitphay Kokmila, and TikTok Public Policy Manager, Ms. Kyu Kyu Thein.
The visit from TikTok comes as the social media company hopes to spread an understanding of the cybersecurity risks and safe use policies among countries in Southeast Asia.
The Ministry has signed an MOU with TikTok aimed at ensuring online safety and appropriate content creation in relation to the usage of the TikTok platform in Laos, according to Vientiane Times.
Mrs. Phisitphay was quoted as saying that Laos recognizes the importance of cybersecurity and has addressed threats and demands by establishing legislation, policies, and management measures to improve human capabilities in the field of ICT to effectively equivalent levels at regional and international levels.
“We are all aware that online platforms have grown dramatically in recent years and, while it is generally beneficial, it also has a number of negative impacts on people who are addicted to them,” she said.
She added that if social media is used constructively it can greatly benefit socio-economic development.
Meanwhile, Ms. Kyu said that TikTok is dedicated to creating digital spaces for authenticity to thrive, reinforcing safety resources, and supporting programs such as vaccine education and digital literacy.
“TikTok has tailored its approach to suit Laos’ special needs and challenges, whilst bringing important digital wellness resources even closer to our local community to ensure they are well-equipped to tackle the ever-evolving digital landscape,” she was quoted as saying.