TikTok has recently joined 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 the rights and freedoms, as well as the physical or mental health, of individuals. The platform has formed a communication channel to respond promptly to any requirements sent by the AEPD in cases where potentially hazardous content is found.
As a dedicated entity, TikTok is now among other companies such as Google, Meta, and Microsoft that are already part of the Priority Channel. In 2023, the AEPD ordered more than thirty removals which compounded the 51 emergency interventions carried out in 2022. This year saw the Agency send 165 takedown orders for content related to sexual or violent themes. 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.
The removal process generally takes place within a 72-hour period by the platform responsible if it operates within Spain. 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 individuals’ rights and freedoms or physical/mental welfare at risk.