May 25, 2024
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TikTok has recently released its first transparency report, showing which countries have submitted requests for content removal as well as access to user data.

In the Chinese tech giant ByteDance, claims it did not receive a single takedown request from Communist Party of China in the first half of 2019.

TikTok’s report shows that US law enforcement agencies have been working with TikTok to gain access to user data and take down content that violates US laws.

In the past year, TikTok received 79 requests for user data from US law enforcement agencies, along with six requests for content takedowns. The company complied with 86 percent of the user data requests, and restricted or blocked seven accounts related to the content takedown requests.

TikTok’s head of public policy, Eric Ebenstein wrote in a blog post: “TikTok is committed to assisting law enforcement in appropriate circumstances while at the same time respecting the privacy and rights of our users.”

The US submitted the second highest number of overall requests, beat out only by India, which submitted 107 requests for user data and 11 requests for content takedowns.

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