TikTok removes 7 million underage users

TikTok removes 7 million underage users

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Washington: The popular social media operator said in a transparency report on Wednesday that TikTok deleted the accounts of more than 7 million users suspected to be under the age of 13 in the first three months of 2021.

The popular Chinese app among young smartphone users also stated that it removed nearly 62 million videos that violated community standards in the first quarter, including “hateful” content, nudity, harassment, or safety to minors. Content.

When TikTok first disclosed underage users, it used a variety of methods, including a security audit team, to monitor accounts that users suspect their age is not true.

Those 12 years of age or younger are directed to “TikTok for Young Users” in the United States.

TikTok is owned by China-based ByteDance and is believed to have approximately 1 billion users worldwide, of which more than 100 million are in the United States.

Last month, the Biden administration revoked former President Donald Trump’s order to ban TikTok or force it to be sold to US investors.

When the report was released, social media operators were facing increasing pressure to delete abusive and hateful content while maintaining an open attitude to various views.

TikTok’s transparency report said that in addition to the suspected underage users, accounts from nearly four million users additional were deleted for violating the app’s guidelines.

“Our TikTok team of policy, operations, safety, and security experts work together to develop equitable policies that can be consistently enforced,” the report said.

“Our policies do take into account a diverse range of feedback we gather from external experts in digital safety and human rights, and we are mindful of the local cultures in the markets we serve.”

TikTok said its automated systems detect and remove the vast majority of offending content: “We identified and removed 91.3 percent before a user reported them, 81.8 percent before they received any views, and 93.1 percent within 24 hours of being posted.”

Overall, fewer than one percent of the videos uploaded on TikTok were taken down for violations.

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