TikTok Strengthens Community Safety through SaferTogether Initiative


In it’s effort to ensure on line safety particularly in the on going electioneering campaign in the country,, a social media platform Tik Tok has launched it’s first safety campaign tagged “” Safer Together Initiative “”
Speaking during the official unveiling of the ” Safety Together Initiative “‘ in Lagos the Public Policy and Government Relations Director at TikTok in Africa, Mr Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda, reaffirmed that user safety has remained a top priority as the platform is committed to promoting a safe on +line experience and with TikTok’s increased popularity in Nigeria and the upcoming government elections, which typically have a huge online presence hence the need to emphasise the importance of online safety.

He said the initiative which was the first safety campaign for TikTok in Sub-Saharan Africa and aimed at empowering creators, parents, teachers and guardians with knowledge of TikTok’s safety features to ensure a positive in-app experience for everyone and added that the platform remained dedicated to creating a safe space for Nigerian creators to thrive by offering a number of tools and controls to help manage their experience on the platform.

Mr Mgwili-Sibanda who emphasized on TikTok’s tireless efforts to continuously build a safe environment for its community explained that the in-app safety features help users manage their account, content and privacy setting videos and the platform regularly work with experts in online security, wellness, and digital literacy, as well as family safety experts, to help provide advice and resources for the app users.

Public Policy and Government Relations Director at TikTok in Africa, Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda,

He said the entertainment platform is partnering with the Data Scientists Network (DSN), an organisation that was established to support and encourage an increase in safety awareness and through the partnership, DSN will conduct in-community workshops with parents, teachers, and guardians in schools in Abuja and Lagos, educating and empowering them to understand the digital world and how they can help young people stay safe online.

Speaking on the partnership , the founder of DSN, Dr Olubayo Adekanmbi, said the digital world is the new normal for learning, engagement, and socialisation; hence, the need to make it safer has become a shared responsibility as Digital education practitioners they want to iguarantee digital wellness and the safety of every child online”.

He noted that TikTok, has a centralised location for safety updates called the Safety Centre as well as the Guardian’s Guide that provides updated resources available to the community and these areresources are also available to parents and guardians, TikTok creators and users are encouraged to visit the Safety Centre to stay up-to-date on the latest TikTok safety initiatives.

He said TikTok will also be hosting a TikTok for Peace to further unpack the realities of the internet and how communities can encourage online safety awareness and the session will be hosted by renowned Nigerian content creator, actor and make￾up artist, Tijani Aboh Alexander (i_am_tjan), and will have Mr Lanre Olagunju, Fact-checker Editor.