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Bulletins

TikTok removed 104M videos for violating policies

TikTok on Tuesday revealed the scale of its takedown actions, having removed over 104 million videos for violating its policies in the first half of 2020.


Of those takedowns, 30% were removed due to adult nudity or sexual activities and 20% were removed for violating "minor safety" guidelines. Another 19% were removed for promoting "illegal activities and regulated goods."

TikTok said that, due to the pandemic, it relied "more heavily on technology to detect and automatically remove violating content in markets such as India, Brazil and Pakistan."

Also on Tuesday, the company proposed developing a "memorandum of understanding" between social networks to warn each other about graphic, violent and harmful material circulating on their platforms. "We would like to convene a meeting of our respective Trust and Safety teams to further discuss such a mechanism, which we believe will help us all improve safety for our users," TikTok's interim head Vanessa Pappas wrote in a letter to nine social platforms.

Politics

'Woke tech' and 'the new slave power': Conservatives gather for Vegas summit

An agenda for the event, hosted by the Claremont Institute, listed speakers including U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute. The speakers include U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, as well as a who's-who of far-right provocateurs.

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Conservative investors, political operatives, right-wing writers and Trump administration officials are quietly meeting in Las Vegas this weekend to discuss topics including China, "woke tech" and "the new slave power," according to four people who were invited to attend or speak at the event as well as a copy of the agenda obtained by Protocol.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank that says its mission is to "restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life." A list of speakers for the event includes a combination of past and current government officials as well as a who's who of far-right provocateurs. One speaker, conservative legal scholar John Eastman, rallied the president's supporters at a White House event before the Capitol Hill riot earlier this month. Some others have been associated with racist ideologies.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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