Pakistan is amongst one of the top 5 markets with the largest number of removed videos on TikTok for violating community guidelines or terms of service.
As the leading global platform for short videos, TikTok has grown extremely popular in Pakistan by offering a space for fun and creative expression. While users enjoy creating content on TikTok, it comes with the responsibility to keep viewers safe on the platform.
Addressing this, TikTok has released an update to the Community Guidelines in Urdu that will help maintain a supportive and welcoming environment for TikTok fans in Pakistan.
The Community Guidelines provide general guidance on what is and is not allowed on the platform based local laws and norms. TikTok’s teams remove content that violates the Community Guidelines and suspends or bans accounts involved in severe or repeated violations.
Content moderation is performed by deploying a combination of policies, technologies, and strategies to detect and review potentially problematic content, accounts, and implement appropriate penalties.
TikTok’s systems automatically flag certain types of content that might violate its Community Guidelines, enabling it to take swift action. These systems take into account things like patterns or behavioral signals to flag violative content.
Currently the technology isn’t advanced enough that a platform can solely rely on it to enforce policies. For instance, context can be important when determining whether certain content, like satire, is violative. As such, TikTok has a team of trained moderators to help review and remove content.
In some cases, this team removes trending content that might be in violation, such as dangerous challenges or harmful misinformation. Another way the TikTok team moderates content is based on reports that it receives from its users. There is a simple in-app reporting feature for users to flag potentially inappropriate content or accounts.
In the recent release of its Transparency Report, TikTok shared the global volume of videos removed for violating its Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, which showed that Pakistan is in the top five markets with the largest number of removed videos. This demonstrates TikTok’s commitment to remove any potentially harmful or inappropriate content reported in Pakistan.