“TikTok” Removes 7 Million Underage Users for Violating Community Guidelines
The popular video streaming platform “TikTok has removed over 7 million users identified as underage for violating community guidelines.
In the first three months of 2021, the operator claims to have deleted more than seven million accounts of users under the age of 13. It also stated that roughly 62 million videos were taken down in the first quarter for breaching community rules, including as “hateful” content, nudity, harassment, or minor safety.
During its first revelation on underage users, the Chinese-owned app, which is enormously popular with young smartphone users, claimed it uses a range of approaches, including a safety moderation team that monitors accounts when users are suspected of lying about their age. In the United States, those aged 12 and under are routed to “TikTok for Younger Users.”
TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, is thought to have a billion users globally, with over 100 million in the United States. Last month, US President Donald Trump’s administration overturned measures that would have banned TikTok or forced its sale to American investors.
The report comes as social media companies face mounting pressure to delete abusive and offensive content while staying open to a range of opinions. According to TikTok’s transparency report, roughly four million accounts were removed for breaking the app’s restrictions, in addition to the suspected underage users.
“We discovered and removed 91.3 percent before a user reported them, 81.8 percent before they had any views, and 93.1 percent within 24 hours of being posted,” TikTok stated, adding that its automated systems detect and remove the vast majority of objectionable content.
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