TikTok removed 88% of content or accounts requested by Aus Gov

TikTok has published its H1 2021 Content Removal Report and has refreshed its Transparency Centre.

Included in the Content Removal Report is the statistic that the Australian Government made 35 requests for either the removal or restriction of content or accounts, with a removal rate of 88%. The total content requested to be removed came to 65, and the total number of accounts came to 38, covering the period of January 2021 to June 2021.

From the report, it is not clear which government departments requested the removal or which contents or accounts were removed.

Social media has been the subject of scrutiny by the Australian Government, with the launch of the Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2021 on Sunday and an inquiry into social media’s impact on mental health.

Total Government Requests. Note: this data is global, not just the Australian Government [click to enlarge]

Further, the report also provides a country-by-country break down of emergency and legal requests from law enforcement.

In Australia, for the period of January 2021 to June 2021, there were 11 emergency requests and in 27% of those cases some data was produced. An emergency request is the disclosure of user information where there is a good faith concern of imminent risk of death or serious physical injury to any person.

There was one legal request, a request by law enforcement, and no data was produced.

TikTok has also released the latest data for copyright content take-down notices. Globally, from 1 January to 2 May 2021, there were 78,140 total copyright take-down reports, with 16,662 successful claims or an average of 21.32%.

The Community Guidelines Enforcement Report saw 81.518 million videos removed globally for either violating TikTok’s Community Guidelines or Terms of Service.

In a blog post on the report, TikTok stated: “Our goal is to make our Transparency Centre a one-stop shop to learn about how TikTok moderates and recommends content, develops products, and safeguards people’s information. Today’s updates are a continuation of that goal, and we’re excited to share more updates along the way.”


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