TikTok has recently joined the Priority Channel of the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), a tool that facilitates fast and free requests for the removal of content that endangers the rights and freedoms, as well as the physical or mental health, of individuals. The AEPD has successfully eliminated 30 pieces of sexual and violent content from various websites through this tool in 2023.

TikTok has become a dedicated entity on the Priority Channel, forming a communication channel to respond promptly to any requirements sent by the AEPD in cases where potentially hazardous content is found. The platform is now among other companies such as Google, Meta, and Microsoft that are already part of the Priority Channel. This year, the AEPD has ordered more than 30 removals which compounded with the 51 emergency interventions carried out in 2022.

The effective method saw the Agency sending 165 takedown orders for material unlawfully published without permission, especially in cases involving minors or women who are victims of digital violence. The content is usually removed within a 72-hour period by the platform responsible if it operates within Spain.

The AEPD’s Priority Channel has been successful in removing harmful content and preventing violations of rights and freedoms. The system allows for swift removal requests for published content, especially when it places individuals’ rights and freedoms or physical/mental welfare at risk.

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