NEW DELHI :
India has made the highest number of content removal and user information request to short video platform TikTok, according to platform's first global transparency report.
TikTok said that India has made a total of 107 requests in the first half of 2019. Out of which 99 were legal and 8 were emergency requests. The platform revealed that a total of 143 user accounts were mentioned in these requests and it complied to 47% of these requests from India.
Eric Ebenstein, public policy at TikTok said that occasionally they are presented with requests from various official bodies in the countries where the TikTok app operates, such as government agencies or law enforcement officials, asking us to take certain actions at their behest. These include requests to take down content deemed to be in violation of local laws, or to provide information related to accounts under certain defined circumstances, such as to assist in a criminal investigation or emergency request.
"We take such requests extremely seriously, and closely review each request that we receive to determine whether, for example, the request adheres to the required legal process or the content violates a local law. TikTok is committed to assisting law enforcement in appropriate circumstances while at the same time respecting the privacy and rights of our users," he said in a blogpost.
The report further revealed that Indian government made 11 requests to remove content from nine user accounts. TikTok informed that it has removed eight accounts and a total of four pieces of content.
Apart from India, US made a total of 85 requests second only to India for requests related to user information and content removal. Of this, 79 requests were for accessing user content and six were for removing content.