TikTok removed over 104 million videos for violating platform’s policies in first half of 2020

TikTok has released its global Transparency Report for the first six months of 2020. The report provides insight into content removed from the global short video platform for violating its Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. It also shows how TikTok responded to copyright content take-down requests, law enforcement, and government agencies.

As the home for entertainment, self-expression, and connection for hundreds of millions of people around the world, TikTok wants everyone to feel welcome on the platform.

“There is no higher priority than promoting a safe app experience that fosters a sense of belonging and joy among its diverse and growing global community which is why TikTok releases these reports to hold themselves accountable to its community and provide transparency into the actions they take to help keep TikTok safe for everyone,” the company stated in a media release.

Chart showing the 5 countries with the largest volumes of removed videos:

Key highlights in the 2020 first half report:

● Over the past six months, numerous improvements have been made to enhance safety and promote positivity on the platform. This includes expanded Community Guidelines; fact-checking programs; in-app educational PSAs on hashtags related to important topics in the public discourse such as COVID-19; and industry-leading youth safety features Family Pairing that allows parents and teens to customize their safety settings based on individual needs.

● Overall content removals increased as the TikTok community has grown considerably over the last six months.

● 104,543,719 videos were removed globally for violating the platform’s Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, which is less than 1% of all videos uploaded on TikTok.

● Of those videos, TikTok found and removed 96.4% of videos before they were reported by users, and 90.3% were removed before they received any views.

Through the Transparency Reports, TikTok seeks to provide insight into the volume and nature of content removed for violating its Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, and how the company responds to law enforcement requests for information, government requests for content removals, and copyrighted content take-down notices. The report also highlights the improvements made over the first half of 2020 to enhance safety and promote positivity on our platform.

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