In 2023, TikTok became a part of the Priority Channel of the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), a tool that enables fast and free requests for the removal of content that endangers individuals’ rights and freedoms, as well as their physical or mental health. The platform has joined this program as a dedicated entity and established a communication channel to respond promptly to any requirements sent by the AEPD in cases where potentially hazardous content is found.
TikTok 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 thirty removals through this system, which adds to the 51 emergency interventions carried out in 2022. These removals were made possible thanks to an effective method that 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 of various kinds.
The content was generally removed within a 72-hour period by the platform responsible if it operates within Spain. The success of TikTok’s participation in this program demonstrates how crucial it is for social media platforms to work closely with regulators to ensure that their users’ rights and freedoms are protected from harmful online content. The AEPD’s Priority Channel has been successful in removing harmful content and preventing violations of rights and freedoms since its creation.