TikTok to use automated reviewing systems

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July 09, 2021, 5:49 PM UTC

The ByteDance-owned video platform is planning to replace human reviewers with automated systems at the base level.

TikTok will start using automated reviewing systems to remove videos with violence, nudity, sex, illegal activities and others that violate its minor safety policies in the US and Canada. Because of this update, TikTok will pull some videos right away without human review.

But, the creator will be allowed to appeal to a human moderator after their video is deleted. Until now, human moderators were responsible for all video reviews in the US. TikTok explains the move will let human reviewers spend more time on trickier clips like misinformation.

A TikTok spokesperson said, “human moderators will still be checking community reports, appeals, and other videos flagged by its automated systems.” The review system would be launched over the next few weeks.

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