Product Policy Lead, Deceptive Activities & Actors - Trust & Safety

TikTok Mountain View, CA
lead actors safety actors security misrepresentation technical influence operations operations team content media wellbeing
October 20, 2022
Mountain View, CA
The Trust & Safety policy team at TikTok helps ensure that our global community is safe and empowered to create and enjoy content across all of our apps, while protecting our brand.

As T&S's Product Policy Lead for Deceptive Activities & Actors you will develop the strategy for our policy approach to deception and disinformation that undermine the Integrity & Authenticity of our platform. Safeguarding our community against actors who seek to undermine the authenticity of our platform is critical to maintaining TikTok's core vision.

This role will design the global approach to the Deceptive Activities and Actors, including the development of our policy approach, consultation with senior company leadership, external engagement, and close coordination with investigation and security teams. The Deceptive Activities and Actors team covers a range of important issues including Covert Influence Activity, Inauthentic Behavior, and Misrepresentation issues. In addition, this role will work closely with teams that manage high-risk events including elections, civil unrest, and conflict environments.


  • Develop TikTok's overall policy strategy and roadmap for the Deceptive Activities and Actors policies

  • Lead the development and iteration of global platform integrity policies (e.g., in the form of policy titles, operational guidance documents) related to Covert Influence Activity on TikTok

  • Partner closely with Global Security, Threat Research & Intelligence to guide TikTok's investigation and enforcement teams to ensure the timely detection and removal of Deceptive Activities

  • Engage with Legal and Public Policy teams to ensure compliance with key regulations and be a T&S point of contact for any potential new regulations

  • Act as a global escalation point of contact for Covert Influence, and align all stake-holders and leadership to respond to emergency misrepresentation-related policy decisions

  • Act as the representative with third party threat intelligence vendors, and work cross functionally to determine vendor roadmap and assess individual vendors value

  • Remain up-to-date on industry trends and emerging issues in the misrepresentation space and design policies to combat them

  • Serve as a advisor to fellow Policy colleagues on topics that benefit from a technical backgrounds (e.g., deep fakes) and be a key point of contact on behalf of the Policy team for our technical XFN partners (e.g. Security, Product & Process)


  • Bachelors degree in political science, government, cybersecurity communications, law or related field

  • 7 years of experience in security, government, or technology focused on addressing misrepresentation, inauthentic behavior, and/or influence operations at scale

  • Experience with people management and success in cross-functional collaboration

  • Expertise on actors who may engage in coordinated misinformation campaigns, influence operations, and/or inauthentic behavior on social media

  • Content knowledge around misinformation narratives, influence operations, and inauthentic behavior on social media

  • Experience with international technology/online content and /social media issues

  • Ability to quickly identify problems, thoroughly analyze them and deliver feasible policy solutions

  • Technical fluency to understand and analyze technical investigative reports to provide accurate policy guidance


  • Experience in launching new strategies and Zero-to-One initiatives

  • Advanced degree in law, policy, political science, engineering, cybersecurity or other related field

  • Expertise related to adversarial actors and influence operations in multiple markets and regions

  • Proficient in multiple languages relevant to this work

  • Previous experience at a fast-moving internet platform company

Trust & Safety is committed to the wellbeing of all our employees. Our promise is to provide comprehensive and evidence-based programs, to promote and support physical and mental wellbeing throughout each employee's journey with us. We believe that wellbeing is a relationship and that everyone has a part to play, so we work in collaboration and consultation with our employees and across our functions in order to ensure a truly person-centred, innovative and integrated approach.

TikTok is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Our platform connects people from across the globe and so does our workplace. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. To achieve that goal, we are committed to celebrating our diverse voices and to creating an environment that reflects the many communities we reach. We believe individuals shouldn't be disadvantaged because of their background or identity, but instead should be considered based on their strengths and experience. We are passionate about this and hope you are too.

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