The H1 2021 Content Removal Requests Reports, as well as prior Transparency Reports, are available in the Transparency Centre. Following excellent feedback from civil society organisations and other experts, the information in the Transparency Reports will be more visual and give machine-readable download data. The Center is a significant step forward in TikTok’s continuous commitment to openness and accountability.
TikTok has developed a dedicated Transparency Center to reaffirm its commitment to audience responsibility. The platform’s past annual and quarterly Transparency Reports, as well as planned interactive reports, will be housed in the updated Center. The introduction coincides with the release of the most recent H1 2021 Content Removal Requests Reports, which was also revealed today. The Transparency Center and its reports are also available in Urdu.
The platform diligently releases Transparency Reports, in recognition of the importance of staying accountable to the actions taken to safeguard the platform and protect its integrity. To build trust through transparency, TikTok began releasing reports in 2019 and have continued to evolve the studies and findings with new, deeper, and industry-first data disclosures. Key highlights include the volume of suspected underage account removals made, or the number of ads rejected for not meeting TikTok’s stringent standards.
To continue building on its transparency efforts, TikTok incorporated feedback from civil society organizations and experts to further develop refreshed report formats, now offering downloadable data in machine readable formats. Additionally, reports aim to be visually appealing, with interactive charts and graphs to better illustrate data and actions taken. To best reach its global audience, the reports will be published in 26 languages, including Urdu, English, French, German, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Russian and Arabic, amongst others.
Through the Center, TikTok aims to make the Transparency Center a one-stop shop to learn about how it moderates and recommends content, develops products, and safeguards people’s information. The latest H1 2021 Content Removal Requests Reports updates are a continuation of that goal. The Center also comprises previous reports including:
Community Guidelines Enforcement Report that offers quarterly insight into the actions taken to uphold Community Guidelines and Terms of Service
Information Requests Report that provides bi-annual data on the legal requests for user information received from government and law enforcement agencies and the nature of the platform’s response.
Government Removal Requests Report that details the requests received bi-annually from government agencies to restrict content and any actions taken as a result.
Intellectual Property Removal Requests Report that shows the volume of copyright and trademark content take-down notices and resulting response on a bi-annual basis.