Beijing (PingWest)- Embattled short video hit TikTok said it removed 104.5 million videos globally in the first half of this year for violations of its community rules and terms of service.
The deleted videos accounted for less than 1 per cent of all its content worldwide. Around 9.4 per cent of the total content removed was from the US, according to TikTok’s latest announcement on its official website on Tuesday.
Most of the content removed in the first half was due to sexual displays, followed by content removed to protect children. TikTok said 96.4 per cent of content removal took place before the videos were reported.
Tiktok has deleted more than 49 million videos for content violation in the second half of 2019, the company said in a transparency report released in mid-July.
Tiktok said the videos were taken down for violations of either its community guidelines or terms of service, with a quarter of the content removals for displaying adult nudity or sexual activity
The number are much larger than that of YouTube. YouTube reported removing around 14.7 million videos during the same time period in 2019.
TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is currently in talks with Oracle and Wallmart to set up a TikTok Global, in which ByteDance claimed it would hold majority stake.
However, the statement contradicts President Trump’s claim that the Chinese company wouldn’t have anything to do with TikTok after the deal was sealed, and that Oracle and Walmart would have total control over the app.
No matter how the TikTokdeal will develop, the term of deal agreed with Oracle Corp and Walmart still needs to be approved by Washington and Beijing.
The deal is pending the green light from Chinese authorities.
China’s Ministry of Commerce updated its export control in August 28 that revised a list of technologies that are restricted for export. The list has cover AI-based algorithm, which is the core of TikTok’s recommendation engine, it recommends the video content to users based on analysis of your behavior.