TikTok deleted 104 million videos in the first six months of this year, the platform announced in a Tuesday report. The videos were not in line with TikTok’s terms. According to owner ByteDance, this represents less than 1 percent of all videos uploaded to the platform between January and June this year.
The deleted videos did not comply with the rules of TikTok due to, for example, they contained violent images or incited hatred. 90 percent of these videos could be taken offline before anyone could watch. 3.6 percent of deleted videos were taken offline after being reported by a user.
The country where most videos were taken offline is India, where almost 38 million videos were removed by TikTok. In second place is the United States with almost ten million deleted videos. It is not known how many videos of Dutch users were removed.
TikTok boss Vanessa Pappas also called on other social media platforms on Tuesday to work more together to prevent the spread of highly violent images and messages. Pappas would like the platforms to inform each other if violent messages are suddenly spread on social media, so that they can act against it together.
The call comes after a fuss over a video shared on TikTok in early September. The video showed a man committing suicide. ByteDance struggled to get the video offline because the video was uploaded over and over again.