• Daniyar Kylyzhov

TikTok spoke about the removal of the video at the request of the authorities

TikTok has published an annual transparency report. As follows from the document, more than 104 million videos were removed from the platform in the first half of 2020. 500 videos had to be removed at the request of the authorities. 

According to CNBC, in more than half of the cases, the request for removal was sent from Russia, "which has a reputation as a country that discriminates against the LGBT community." 

"Russian law is terrible ... but, unfortunately, we must comply with the requirements of the law in the country where we work," TikTok's director of government relations and public policy in Europe, Theo Bertram, said in an interview with CNBC.

However, later, TikTok representatives stated in a comment to the 360 ​​channel that the videos removed at the request of the authorities were not LGBT. 

In total, from January to July, less than 1% of all videos uploaded to the platform were removed from TikTok. Of these, 96.4% removed their own service systems before users complained about them, and 90.3% were removed before they got the first views.

30.9% of all deleted videos were of sexual or nude content. 13.4% - for "suicide, self-harm, and dangerous actions." Also in the first half of 2020, TikTok removed more than 10,000 videos that violate copyright, as well as removed content containing demonstration of drug use and incitement to hatred. In addition, violations of the platform rules include intimidation of other users, the propaganda of terrorism and crime; trade and sale of regulated or prohibited goods, propaganda of violence. Content that promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, and sexual orientation is also prohibited.

Last year, Roskomnadzor announced plans to check how TikTok complies with Russian law. After a meeting with representatives of the department, the company agreed to transfer the data of Russian users to servers within the country.

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