The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) has recently added TikTok to its Priority Channel, a tool that facilitates fast and free requests for the removal of content that endangers the rights and freedoms, as well as the physical or mental health, of the individuals impacted. This year, the AEPD has ordered more than thirty removals which compound the 51 emergency interventions carried out in 2022.
TikTok has earnestly joined the Priority Channel as a dedicated entity. It has formed a communication channel to respond promptly to any requirements sent by the AEPD in cases where potentially hazardous content is found. The platform is now among other companies such as Google, Meta, and Microsoft that are already part of the Priority Channel.
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 the rights and freedoms or the physical or mental welfare of affected individuals at risk. In 2023, TikTok successfully removed thirty sexual and violent content from various websites through this tool. These orders were usually 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.