In 2023, TikTok has been added to the Priority Channel of the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), a tool that streamlines the process of requesting the removal of content that poses a threat to individuals’ rights and freedoms, as well as their physical or mental health. Through this channel, TikTok has committed to responding quickly to any requests from the AEPD in cases where potentially harmful content is identified. The platform joins other companies such as Google, Meta, and Microsoft that are already members of the Priority Channel.
In 2023, the AEPD issued more than thirty takedown orders for sexual or violent content published on various websites. These orders were typically for material that was unlawfully published without consent, especially in cases involving minors or women who were victims of digital violence. The content was generally removed within 72 hours by the responsible platform if it operated within Spain. This year, the AEPD has also carried out 51 emergency interventions, which add to the 165 takedown orders issued in 2022.
The AEPD’s Priority Channel has proven to be an effective method for removing harmful content and protecting individuals’ rights and freedoms. By allowing for swift removal requests for published content, especially when it puts individuals’ rights and freedoms or their physical and mental well-being at risk, this system has helped prevent potential violations from occurring.