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TikTok removes over 104m videos in first-half

| Updated: September 22, 2020 18:25:35


The TikTok logo is pictured outside the company's US head office in Culver City, California, US, Sept 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake The TikTok logo is pictured outside the company's US head office in Culver City, California, US, Sept 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake

ByteDance-owned short-video app TikTok said on Tuesday it removed over 104 million videos from its platform globally in the first half of the year for violating guidelines or terms of service, reports Reuters.

"Of those videos, we found and removed 96.4 per cent of videos before a user reported them, and 90.3 per cent were removed before they received any views," TikTok said in a transparency report.

TikTok started fact-checking programmes in the first-half of the year to verify content related to the novel coronavirus and elections.

The report comes at a time China’s ByteDance has been racing to avoid a crackdown on TikTok after the US Commerce Department said it would block new downloads and updates to the app.

US officials had expressed concern that personal data of as many as 100 million Americans that use the app was being passed on to China’s Communist Party government.

The company said on Tuesday it got 1,768 requests for user data, with 290, or 16.4 per cent, of those from U.S. law enforcement agencies.

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