TikTok removed 49.2 million videos for violations in the last six months of 2019

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Bytedance-owned TikTok has released its second transparency report which accounts that the company took down more than 49 million videos around the world during the second half of 2019, the company says these videos were removed for violating either the app’s community guidelines or terms of service.

The company notes that a total of 49,247,689 videos were removed globally that accounts for less than 1% of all the videos posted on TikTok, the company also notes that 98.2% of those videos were proactively caught and removed by the system and 89.4% were taken down before they received any views.

In the same period of 2019, YouTube reported removing around 14.7 million videos in which the United States and India were also YouTube’s top markets for video removals.

Top 5 countries or market where videos were removed by TikTok:

Country/MarketTotal Removal
India16,453,360
United States4,576,888
Pakistan3,728,162
United Kingdom2,022,728
Russia1,258,853

The company says it only received around 1,300 copyright removal requests and 45 government takedown requests (mostly from India), and it did not comply with all of those requests. Like the first half of 2019, the report indicates that TikTok did not receive any takedown requests or user information requests from China, where its parent company, Bytedance, is based.

Legal requests for user information

Country / MarketLegal RequestEmergency RequestTotal RequestsTotal Accounts SpecifiedPercentage of Requests Where Information was Produced
Argentina20220%
Australia20220%
Austria0111100%
Canada145580%
Chile10110%
Czech Republic112250%
Finland0222100%
France134475%
Germany132151713%
Greece123367%
India2911130240890%
Israel156683%
Italy415520%
Japan610161850%
Nepal10150%
Netherlands112350%
Norway73101020%
Pakistan10110%
South Korea30330%
Spain10120%
Switzerland30350%
Sweden10110%
Taiwan10110%
Turkey10110%
United Kingdom82102220%
United States782210010782%

Government requests for content removal

Country / MarketGovernment RequestsTotal Accounts SpecifiedAccounts Removed or RestrictedContents Removed or Restricted
Australia6651
Belgium1100
Canada1808
Cyprus1101
India30352819
Norway1550
Netherlands178780
Sri Lanka1110
Turkey24316
United States1110

Takedowns for infringement of intellectual property

Copyrighted Content Take-down NoticesPercentage of Requests Where Some Content was Removed
133882.6%

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