hackingbear shares a report from The Verge: TikTok released its first transparency report yesterday, showing which countries have submitted requests for content removal as well as access to user data. China is notably absent from the report — the video sharing app, owned by 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 U.S. law enforcement agencies have been working with TikTok to gain access to user data and take down content that violates U.S. laws. In the past year, TikTok received 79 requests for user data from U.S. 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 is committed to assisting law enforcement in appropriate circumstances while at the same time respecting the privacy and rights of our users,” Eric Ebenstein, TikTok’s head of public policy, wrote in a blog post. The U.S. 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. The report notes that China may not be in the report because TikTok doesn’t operate there. The Chinese version of the app, which runs as a separate organization, is called Douyin.