In the first half of 2019, India made the highest number of user information requests and content removal requests on TikTok short-video platform, ahead of countries like the US and Japan.
“Any information request we receive is carefully reviewed for legal sufficiency, to determine whether, for example, the requesting entity is authorized to gather evidence in connection with a law enforcement investigation or to investigate an emergency involving imminent harm,” TikTok said in a statement.
Short-Video platform received a total of 99 user information requests from India and 11 content removal requests from the Indian government from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019, the report says.
The bulk of requests came from India in both groups. The U.S. sent the highest number of requests for user information after India at 68 and Japan at 28.
Application organization says these requests come from an entity authorized to gather evidence or investigate an emergency involving imminent harm in connection with a law enforcement investigation.
They claims 47 percent of these demands were met, although the company doesn’t say exactly how they got a verdict for each of these requests.
Often, the app has been mired in controversy. It was banned from Google Play Store and Apple app stores in India earlier due to’ cultural erosion’ and explicit content spread by Madras High Court order.
TikTok, owned by ByteDance based in China, is extremely popular among India’s young people. Nevertheless, it has had its share of difficulties in the Indian market.
Short-Video platform says they will issue these transparency reports on a regular basis and also confirm that the figures will be released in the coming weeks in the second half of 2019.