TikTok said on Thursday that Pakistan ranked second in the world for the largest volume of videos – 9,851,404 – taken down for violating community guidelines in the second quarter of the current year.
Chinese-owned viral social media application released a transparency update about content that was removed from the platform between April 1 and June 30, 2021. The platform says it removed 81,518,334 videos for violating its community guidelines or terms of service during that time period, which represents less than 1% of the total videos posted.
“The report provides an insight into content removed for violating the strict community guidelines, reinforcing the platform’s public accountability to the community, policymakers, and non-governmental organisations,” the press release said.
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The press release said that 81,518,334 videos were removed globally from April to June, comprising less than one percent of all uploaded content to TikTok. Of these, 93 percent were actioned within 24 hours of posting and 94.1 percent before being reported by a user. The company added that 87.5 percent of the content that was removed had zero views.
According to the press release, 73.3 percent of content promoting harassment and bullying videos and 72.9 percent videos focused on hateful behavior were removed prior to being reported – an increase from the 66.2 percent and 67 percent respectively, from the first quarter of this year.
“The improvement stems from the pioneering combination of technology and content moderation by a dedicated investigations team used to identify videos that violate policies. To better enforce these policies, moderators also receive regular training to identify content featuring reappropriation, slurs and bullying,” the statement said.