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TikTok Joins Forces with Spanish Data Protection Agency to Combat Rights Violations in User Content


Nov 21, 2023

The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) has recently added TikTok to its Priority Channel, 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 the individuals impacted. Through this channel, TikTok has formed a communication channel to respond promptly to any requirements sent by the AEPD in cases where potentially hazardous content is found.

This year, the AEPD has ordered more than thirty removals through the Priority Channel, compounding the 51 emergency interventions carried out in 2022. The platform joins other companies such as Google, Meta, and Microsoft that are already part of the Priority Channel.

The AEPD’s Priority Channel has been successful in removing harmful content and preventing the violation of rights and freedoms. The system allows for swift removal requests for published content, especially when it places the rights and freedoms or the physical or mental welfare of affected individuals at risk. In 2023, the Agency sent 165 takedown orders for the publication of sexual or violent content. These orders are usually for material unlawfully published without permission, especially in cases involving minors or women who are victims of digital violence of various kinds. If a platform operates within Spain, it is generally required to remove such content within a 72-hour period.

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