This is just a very small number compared to the total number of videos posted to TikTok during this time.
TikTok removed 113 million videos between April and June of this year. It sounds big, but this represents only 1% of all videos uploaded during that time.
On the official website, TikTok stated that the reason for the removal of these videos was a policy violation regarding child safety, illegal activities, adult nudity, and sexual activity.
Although it was only 1%, the number of videos removed was much higher compared to the previous quarter (48 million videos).
According to TikTok, 96% of the above 113 million videos are automatically deleted by them before being reported by users. TikTok uses automated tools along with hiring moderators to screen for content that violates platform guidelines.
The TikTok report states:
“Leveraging computers has a special impact against harmful misinformation. We will upgrade the system quickly because misinformation is very common these days, especially during world crises.”
In recent geopolitical events, TikTok has failed to properly control misinformation on the platform, the Poynter Media Research Institute said.
TikTok’s feature allows users to reuse the audio in a video into their own video, even though the content of the two videos is not related and may not be true.
Strategic dialogue analyst Ciaran O’Connor says that TikTok’s sound is part of the main reason why users perceive misinformation.
In the context of much criticism and at risk of being banned by many governments, TikTok is trying to tighten content censorship. However, there are still malicious trends circulating on this short video platform.
Last August, a viral TikTok challenge called milkcratechallenge required players to stack milk cartons or plastic crates in a pyramid shape, then climb to the top and down without falling.
A lot of milkcratechallenge participants were injured, prompting TikTok to remove the hashtag about the challenge.
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