TikTok will now automatically remove obscene content from its platform. The short-video platform will now be rolling out a new system that will block videos that violate the company's policies and guidelines. TikTok will also inform the users about the same. The content related to violence, graphic content, nudity, sex, illegal activity will be removed from the app as soon as it will be uploaded.
As per the new guidelines, If TikTok systems detect a violation, they will remove the video immediately. The user will be informed about the same and can also appeal to the company to reconsider its decision. The company says that doing so will not only remove the user experience but also rid the entertainment platform of videos that are not appropriate or are distressing. If there is content related to minor safety, nudity, sexual activities, illegal activities and regulated goods, the videos will be yanked immediately.
TikTok has said that its automation system is quite accurate, it has said that only one in 20 of the videos were wrongly removed by the company. These changes will be rolled out in the United States and Canada, they will be later expanded to other markets including India. The company says that the automation process would make content moderation more efficient.
Earlier, TikTok had revealed that it had removed accounts of over 7 million users who were found to be under 13. It was reported that close to one-third of TikTok's active users were under the age of 14. This goes completely against TikTok's guidelines, the app does not allow users below 13 to post videos on its platform. However, If some user has lied about being over the age of 13, his account will be removed.
TikTok was banned in India last year in June. A year after the ban, TikTok's fate is still as blurry as it was initially. As per the latest reports, a few TikTok representatives have approached the IT ministry and ensured that the Bytedance-owned company would comply with the new intermediary guidelines. However, we will have to still wait to see how this unfolds for an app that shot to fame in no time and has been forgotten by many.
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