104 Million Videos Removed from TikTok

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Amid chaotic acquisitions for its US business, TikTok announced its latest transparency report. This social media owned by ByteDance claims to have removed more than 104.5 million negative videos during the first semester of 2020.

The negative content in question, for example, violates immoral norms, displays violence or suicide, and violates the law. According to TikTok, the videos violate community guidelines or other terms of use. Of the total videos uploaded, TikTok claims that it only deleted about one percent.

However, the number of negative videos that were deleted actually doubled compared to the same period last year. At that time, TikTok announced that it had deleted 49 million videos.

“As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we rely more on technology to detect and automatically remove harmful content in countries such as India, Brazil and Pakistan,” wrote TikTok. In the details of TikTok, for the category of videos deemed to violate the platform’s community guidelines, as many as 30.9 percent were videos that featured adult nudity and sexual activity.

Then 22.3 percent are videos that are considered endangering early childhood and 19.6 percent are videos of illegal activities. The rest is content containing self-harm, violence, hate speech, and other dangerous individual activities. The country with the most deleted videos was India, at 37.6 million. Even though TikTok is blocked in this country for political reasons of the country.

The second country that contributed to the most deleted videos was the United States with a total of 9.8 million. As its popularity has increased, TikTok is also on the same boat as other video applications, such as Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, which often become a place for negative content. TikTok itself now has more than 700 million users globally.

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