Pakistan ranks second in the world for deleting most TikTok videos

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  • TikTok releases Community Guidelines Enforcement Report.
  • TikTok removes over 12 million videos from Pakistan for violating community violations.
  • Pakistan had a removal rate of 96.5% before any viewing and 97.3% before 24 hours.

KARACHI: Over 12 million videos were removed from TikTok between January and March 2022, making Pakistan the second country in the world to remove the highest volume of videos for violating the platform’s Community Guidelines.

According to a quarterly report published by the Chinese tech giant, 12,490,309 videos were taken down from the platform, with a removal rate of 96.5% before any view and 97.3% before 24 hours uploaded. .

A 98.5% proactive removal rate was used by TikTok to remove 12,490,309 Pakistani videos, the company said in its Q1 2022 Community Guidelines Enforcement Report.

With these figures, Pakistan ranks second in the world for the highest volume of deleted videos in the first quarter of 2022, after the United States which ranks first with 14,044,224 deleted videos. During this quarter, 102,305,516 videos were deleted globally, representing around 1% of all videos uploaded to TikTok.

Pakistan ranks second in the world for deleting most TikTok videos

The other top countries on the withdrawal list are the Philippines (7,902,705), Indonesia (6,892,463), Brazil (4,782,803), Russia (4,696,930), Bangladesh (3,475,456) , Mexico (2,773,898) and Vietnam (2,438,307).

Pakistan ranks second in the world for deleting most TikTok videos

The videos were removed for violating TikTok’s Community Guidelines which are “designed to foster an experience that prioritizes safety, inclusion, and authenticity.”

He also revealed that following the Russian-Ukrainian war, TikTok’s security team focused on the war in Ukraine and removed 41,191 videos, 87% of which violated its policies against harmful misinformation. TikTok also labeled content from 49 Russian state-controlled media accounts.

The platform also identified and removed six networks and 204 accounts worldwide for coordinated efforts to sway public opinion and mislead users about their identities.

A total of 117,768,586 accounts were removed by the company, of which 71,021,950 were suspected to belong to users under the age of 13 while 32,759,241 accounts were fake.

According to the report, the total volume of ads removed for violating TikTok’s advertising policies and guidelines increased in the first quarter of 2022.

Pakistan ranks second in the world for deleting most TikTok videos

He also reiterated the company’s ongoing commitment to earning trust by being responsible while working to be safe and welcoming.

TikTok added that following the Russian-Ukrainian war, the security team focused on the conflict and removed 41,191 videos, 87% of which violated its policies against harmful misinformation.

“Insidious flow towards excessive regulation at the behest of the government”

Talk to Geo.tvNighat Dad, executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation, a research and advocacy NGO, said that while she appreciates TikTok’s efforts to provide better insight into how they implement their content policies, particular by expanding the scope of this quarter’s guideline enforcement report to include data on videos removed by sub-policy, the fact remains that the information provided, including information on content removal requests by country, are still not sufficient.

“It is alarming to see that Pakistan ranks second among countries for content removal with over 12 million videos proactively removed, at a proactive video removal rate of 98.5%. little transparency regarding TikTok’s algorithms and the mechanisms it adopts to automatically remove videos on the platform,” she said.

Papa added that in the context of closed-door meetings between TikTok and the Pakistani regulator, this lack of transparency points to an insidious slide towards excessive regulation at the behest of the government that poses a threat to freedom of expression in Pakistan.

“TikTok needs to do better to ensure it doesn’t inadvertently remove those who act within their rights as content creators and citizens of Pakistan.”

John C. Dent