TikTok removes 12.68m videos uploaded from Pakistan | The Express Tribune


ISLAMABAD:

TikTok – a popular online video sharing social networking service – has removed over 12.68 million videos uploaded from Pakistan for violating community guidelines in Q4 2022.

This has been revealed in TikTok’s latest community guidelines enforcement report for Q4 2022.

The online short video service has released its latest community guidelines enforcement report for Q4 2022 (October-December 2022), “building on its commitment to a multi-pronged approach to stop misinformation on the platform”.

“The report reflects the platform’s ongoing commitment to earning trust by being accountable while working to be safe and welcoming,” it added.

In the fourth quarter of 2022, the total number of videos removed globally was more than 85.68 million.

This figure represents about 0.6% of all videos uploaded to TikTok.

Around 46.83 million videos were removed by automation, while 5.47 million were restored, as per the report.

Pakistan saw the removal of 12,628,267 videos for violating community guidelines in Q4 2022.

Pakistan has the second-largest highest volume of videos removed in the world.

In the first place is the US, where 13 million videos were taken down in Q4 2022.

TikTok had removed 14 million videos from Pakistan in the previous quarter, again the second highest around the globe.

In addition to removing accounts for violating community guidelines in Q4 2022, the platform also took down those determined to be spam, along with the content they had posted.

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The report stated that TikTok also took proactive measures to prevent spam accounts from being created through automated means.

In Q4, 89.7% of the violative videos from Pakistan were removed before anyone could view them and 95.5% of such content was removed within a day.

The proactive removal rate in Q4 2022 was 98.8%, as per the report.

Additionally, 17,877,316 accounts that were suspected to be of users under the age of 13 were removed globally in Q4.

A total of 54,453,610 fake accounts were also removed during the fourth quarter.

Of the policy violations behind the videos that were taken down, minor safety accounted for 33.3% of them, followed by 27.4% for illegal activities and regulated good, 12.8% for adult nudity and sexual activities, 8% for violent and graphic content, 6.1% for harassment and bullying, 5% for dangerous acts and challenges. 2.8% for suicide, self-harm and disordered eating, 2.3% for hateful behaviour, 1.4% for violent extremism, and 0.9% for integrity and authenticity.

The report stated that TikTok’s community guidelines were designed to foster an experience that prioritised safety, inclusion, and authenticity.

“TikTok’s policies apply to everyone and all content, and it strives to be consistent and equitable in its enforcement,” it continued.

The report added that TikTok used a combination of innovative technology and people to identify, review, and take action regarding content that violated the platform’s policies.

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