After Madras High Court banned TikTok saying it exposes children to inappropriate content, TikTok, a short video platform, has removed six million videos from its platform for violating community guidelines.
In a press release, the Bytedance-owned company said “As part of its commitment towards providing a positive in-app environment for its users in India, revealed that it has removed over six million videos that have violated its Community Guidelines.”
The press release further added that, “TikTok has also introduced its age-gate feature for its new users, which will only allow users age 13 years and above to login and create an account on TikTok, further adding to the safety mechanisms in place to ensure that underage users do not use the platform.”
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Helena Lersch, TikTok’s global public policy director said, “As a global community, safety has been one of TikTok’s key priorities. The launch of our age-gate feature in addition to our existing takedown of content that violates our Community Guidelines reinforce our ongoing commitment to ensure that our platform remains a safe and positive space for our Indian users and we discharge our obligations under the Intermediary Guidelines of India, in a meaningful manner.”
Further adding that, “We are looking forward to introducing more relevant features and initiatives to help Indian users be safe and continue to enhance their experience with TikTok.”
TikTok recently launched its comments filter feature to help users prevent predatory, hateful, and obscene comments from appearing in response to their videos on the platform.
The feature empowers users to self-define 30 keywords in English and Hindi that they would like to automatically filter out from their comments section.
TikTok also has recently launched TikTok’s Safety Center and resource pages tackling Anti-bullying in ten major local languages – Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Oriya.
The launch of the localized Safety Center empowers the users to keep their accounts safe and learn how to choose to keep their accounts private and use other features in their own language.