Amid an ongoing debate about TikTok’s ability to protect users’ data, the popular social media app has unveiled a slew of security measures in an attempt to put skepticism to rest.
Among these measures is a plan to hire 2,500 employees to a team called U.S. Data Security, according to The Wall Street Journal.
TikTok says the aim of the U.S. Data Security team is to ensure access to user data is limited to those employees who need it to do their job.
The division would serve “to bring heightened focus to and governance to our ongoing efforts to strengthen our data protection policies and protocols, further protect our users, and build confidence in our systems and controls in the United States,” the company said in its newsroom.
The U.S. Data Security team would not hire Chinese citizens and would require employees to follow rules set by the U.S. government, The Wall Street Journal also reports. Employees would also answer to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
The security unit is part of a $1.5 billion reorganization plan, Reuters reports. The reorganization is meant to increase transparency and prove to lawmakers that TikTok can operate in the U.S. independently from ByteDance in China.
TikTok has also said third-party companies, like Oracle Corp., will keep an eye on the app’s algorithms, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Whether or not TikTok’s measures will ease Americans’ data security concerns remains to be seen.