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TikTok release its global Transparency Report for January-June 2020.



TikTok released its Global Transparency Report for the first six months of 2020 on September 22, 2020. The report provides insight into content removed from TikTok for violating its Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. It also covered how the company responded to copyright content take-down requests, law enforcement, and government agencies. 

 

Hundreds of millions of people around the world come to TikTok for entertainment, self-expression, and connection. According to Beckerman, their focus remains on promoting a safe app experience that fosters joy and belonging among its growing global community. 

 

Here's what's covered in TikTok’s global H1 2020 Transparency Report.

 

Promoting safety and community on TikTok 


In the first half of 2020, numerous improvements in continuous effort to offer a safe and uplifting experience for people on the  platform were made, which includes the following:

  • Expanded Community Guidelines, including new policies to counter misinformation and disinformation

  • Introduction of fact-checking programs to help verify misleading content about the novel coronavirus, elections, and more

  • Addition of in-app educational PSAs on hashtags related to important topics in the public discourse, such as COVID-19, the elections, Black Lives Matter, and harmful conspiracies, such as QAnon

  • Launch of Family Pairing, a suite of industry-leading youth safety features that let parents and guardians connect their TikTok account to their teens' accounts to guide the type of content available to their teen, promote healthy screentime habits, and choose appropriate message settings

  • Built global partnerships with leading safety organizations, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and WePROTECT Global Alliance

  • Creation of a Content Advisory Council of experts on topics like hate speech, inclusive AI, and youth safety

Community Guidelines enforcement 


TikTok has experienced incredible and continued user growth in 2020. As more lives moved online, people increasingly found meaningful ways to connect with each other on the platform. With significantly more content being created by its global community than ever before, TikTok content removals have increased compared to the last report. 

  • Total of 104,543,719 videos were removed globally for violating the Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, which is less than 1% of all videos uploaded on TikTok. Ninety-six point four percent (96.4%) of these videos were found and removed before they were reported, and 90.3% were removed before they received any views.

  • Of the total videos removed globally, 9,822,996 (9.4%) were removed in the US. Diving into some of the areas of particular interest over these six months:

    • 41,820 videos (less than 0.5% of those removed in the US) violated TikTok’s misinformation and disinformation policies.


    • 321,786 videos (around 3.3% of US content removals) violated TikTok’s hate speech policies.


  • In the US, 91.5% of violating videos were removed in less than 24 hours after they were uploaded to TikTok.

  

Legal requests 


The volume of legal requests also increased as the TikTok community grew over the first half of this year.

  • 1,768 requests for user information from 42 countries/markets were received 

  • Of those requests, 290 (16.4%) came from US law enforcement agencies.

TikTok received and evaluated: 

    • 126 subpoenas (when a US governmental entity issues a subpoena, we may disclose user data that includes basic subscriber information)

    • 90 search warrants (when a US governmental entity obtains a search warrant, TikTok may disclose user data that include video content and user interactions)

    • 6 court orders (when a US governmental entity obtains a court order, TikTok may disclose user data that includes log data)

    • 68 emergency disclosure requests

  •  TikTok received 135 requests from government agencies to restrict or remove content from 15 countries/markets, and 4 of those requests came from US government agencies

  • TikTok evaluated 10,625 copyrighted content take-down notices globally

 

The report has the full details on how TikTok evaluates and complies with the requests.

TikTok release its global Transparency Report for January-June 2020. TikTok release its global Transparency Report for January-June 2020. Reviewed by Jon Nava on September 27, 2020 Rating: 5

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