TikTok removed more than 49M videos in second half of 2019

The video-sharing platform releases a transparency report.

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TikTok says 10 countries asked the site to remove videos. 

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TikTok is providing a look at how it moderates content. In a transparency report released Thursday, the China-based video-sharing social network said that between July and December 2019, it removed more than 49 million videos around the world for violating its policies. More than 16 million of those video came from India (which topped the list), followed by the US, with 4.6 million videos removed. 

The report also mentioned that TikTok got 45 requests to remove videos from 10 countries. The US made one request. 

"Technology today isn't so advanced that we can solely rely on it to enforce our policies," the report said, noting there's a team of trained human moderators who review content.  

This report comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the Trump administration is considering a ban on TikTok over its ties to the Chinese government. President Donald Trump also mentioned a possible ban on Tuesday during an interview with Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren.