TikTok’s reputation has soared in the previous few months however that has come at a value: its content material moderation group is struggling to maintain the video platform freed from spam and malicious content material. As per TikTok’s latest transparency report, it needed to take down extra movies than ever within the first half of 2020 (January-June) for violating its tips and fielded an growing variety of authorities requests for consumer data.
Over 104 million movies had been faraway from TikTok internationally within the first six months of this yr, greater than double from the second half of 2019. About 37 million of those had been from India adopted by practically 10 million in the USA.
TikTok says that is nonetheless lower than 1% of the entire variety of movies uploaded on its app. Within the report, it provides that it took motion on 96.four% of the eliminated clips earlier than a consumer reported them and 90.three% of them didn’t have any views. The service’s algorithms robotically took care of and discarded 10 million of those clips.
“Tons of of thousands and thousands of individuals world wide come to TikTok for leisure, self-expression, and connection,” TikTok wrote in a weblog put up. “Now we have no larger precedence than serving to promote a protected app expertise that fosters pleasure and belonging amongst our rising world group. We will’t do this with out transparency.”
TikTok’s content material moderation practices haven’t all the time been efficient, nonetheless. Earlier this month, the corporate was scrambling to suppress the unfold of a viral, ugly video that confirmed a person taking his personal life with a gun.
With over 100 million customers within the U.S. alone, TikTok is now additionally a big potential hyperlink for regulation enforcement businesses in search of private information in investigations. Within the U.S., TikTok obtained 226 requests, considerably up from 100 from the six months earlier than 2020, from regulation enforcement or authorities entities for consumer data and content material restrictions, 85% of which it agreed to adjust to. In India, that determine was in 4 digits.
TikTok has been repeatedly criticized for censoring content material that’s essential of China. Nonetheless, these stats will not be accessible on this report since Bytedance, the China-based proprietor of TikTok, operates a separate, localized different known as Duoyin in China. To fend these accusations off, again in March this yr, TikTok fashioned a brand new committee of consultants to supply extra transparency in its content material moderation course of and search “unvarnished views” on the social video app’s insurance policies.