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TikTok transparency report: India leads in official user information and content takedown requests 

India topped the charts in several metrics revealed by TikTok as part of its transparency report for the second half of 2019 — content removals, legal requests for user information, and government requests for content takedowns. The revelations for the second half of 2019 are more or less in line with the first half of the year when India had led requests for user information and content takedowns. The report comes a week after TikTok, along with 58 other 'Chinese' apps was banned in India over national security concerns. How India ranked User information requests: In the second half of 2019, India made a total of 302 requests for user information — more than any other country — out of which 291 were legal requests, and 11 were emergency requests. In total, the country solicited information on 408 accounts, and TikTok handed over at least “some data” to India in 90% of these cases. “In limited emergency situations, TikTok will disclose user information without legal process, when we have reason to believe, in good faith, that the disclosure of information is required to prevent the imminent risk of death or serious physical injury to any person,” the company said. [caption id="attachment_218192" align="aligncenter" width="919"] Requests for user information made by countries in H2 2019 | Source: TikTok[/caption] India was followed by the US (100 total requests), Japan (16 total requests), and the UK and Norway, which made 10 user information requests in total. Content takedown requests made by governments: India also made…

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