In recent developments, TikTok has joined the Priority Channel of the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), a tool designed to facilitate fast and free requests for the removal of content that endangers individual rights and freedoms, as well as physical or mental health. Through this platform, TikTok has established a communication channel to promptly respond to any requirements sent by the AEPD in cases involving potentially hazardous content.
The AEPD has successfully eliminated over 30 sexual and violent content from various websites in 2023 with the help of TikTok. TikTok joins other companies such as Google, Meta, and Microsoft that are already part of the Priority Channel. This year alone, the AEPD has ordered more than 30 removals which adds to the 51 emergency interventions carried out in 2022.
TikTok’s participation in this program is an effective method that has allowed for swift removal requests for published content, especially when it puts at risk the rights and freedoms or physical or mental welfare of affected individuals. The system facilitates easy removal orders for material unlawfully published without permission, especially in cases involving minors or women who are victims of digital violence of different forms. If responsible platforms operate within Spain, content is usually removed within a 72-hour period upon receiving takedown orders from the AEPD.