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TikTok removes over 9m videos in Pakistan


Popular social media app TikTok on Thursday said that Pakistan ranked second in the world for the largest volume of videos taken down for violating its “community guidelines” in the second quarter of 2021.
“With 9,851,404 videos removed, Pakistan ranked second in the world for the largest volume of videos taken down for Community Guidelines violations in Q2 2021,” read an official statement.
In July, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had blocked access to the app for its failure to take down “inappropriate content”.
The latest ‘Community Guidelines Report’ demonstrates that 93% of videos were removed within 24 hours of being posted for violating community guidelines and 94.1% before a user reported them, read the communiqué.
To protect the safety of the community and the integrity of the platform, 81,518,334 videos were removed globally from April to June, comprising less than 1% of all uploaded content. Of these, 93% were removed within 24 hours of posting and 94.1% before being reported by a user.
Even more promising, was the finding that 87.5% of removed content had zero views.
The improvement stems from the pioneering combination of technology and content moderation by a dedicated investigations team used to identify videos that violate policies, the video-sharing platform said in the statement.
“To better enforce these policies, moderators also receive regular training to identify content featuring re-appropriation, slurs and bullying.”
To further enhance the removal of negative content, TikTok empowers users to customise their experience with a range of tools and resources, including effective ways to filter comments on their content, delete or report multiple comments at once, and block accounts in bulk.
Also read: TikToK doubles down on content moderation
Recently, prompts have been introduced to urge users to consider the impact of their words before posting unkind or offensive comments. “This has already proven effective with nearly four in 10 people withdrawing or editing their comments.”
The federal cabinet last month decided to continue the ban on the popular video-sharing app.
According to Express, the decision was taken during the weekly meeting of the federal cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Imran Khan, during which a 21-point agenda was discussed.
Earlier in August, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) noted that the PTA had failed to provide any justification for the ban on TikTok.
In a four-page order, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah directed the PTA to seek the government’s policy on the matter from the prime minister and the federal cabinet and submit a report on September 20.
On September 14, PTA Chairman Amir Azeem Bajwa said the regulator was ready to lift the ban on TikTok app, provided that the platform removed obscene videos and close down the accounts of children.

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