The short video app TikTok said on Wednesday that it removed nearly 62 million videos that violated its guidelines from its platform in the first three months of this year to address security and privacy-related issues.
The company stated in a report published on its website that these videos accounted for less than 1% of the total number of videos posted on the platform and belonged to categories such as “adult nudity and sexual activity, harassment, bullying and hateful behavior.”
TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, added that there were approximately 8.5 million removals from the United States.
The company has been publishing a transparency report since 2019. Previously, its popular platform among teenagers was censored due to content and privacy-related issues, which also led to some countries banning the app.
TikTok has been enhancing its security and privacy features to retain users, and opened a content review center in its Los Angeles office last year to increase transparency.
On June 22, the US Department of Commerce revoked the list of prohibited transactions with TikTok and WeChat released in September because the Trump administration tried to prevent new downloads of these two Chinese apps in the US.
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden withdrew a series of Trump-era executive orders aimed at banning new downloads of WeChat and TikTok owned by Tencent, and ordered the Ministry of Commerce to review these and other applications The security issues brought by.
The Department of Commerce under Trump also tried to prohibit other transactions that could effectively prohibit the use of WeChat in the United States, and later sought similar restrictions to prohibit the use of TikTok.
The Biden order directs the Department of Commerce to monitor software applications such as TikTok that may affect U.S. national security, and make recommendations within 120 days to protect U.S. data acquired or accessed by companies controlled by foreign adversaries.
WeChat has been downloaded at least 19 million times by American users and is widely used as a medium for services, games, and payments.
© Thomson Reuters 2021