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TikTok rolls out a new notification system for content removals

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TikTok says it has rolled out a new notification system to users worldwide that will offer more clarity around content removals. The system, which had been in testing for a few months ahead of its global release, informs a TikTok user when their video had been removed and which policy it violated. It will also offer the user the ability to appeal the decision, if they choose.

Now, when a video is removed over content violations, users will be notified in-app, with the date of the post and the specific policy it violated, along with a link to read the Community Guidelines.

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And if the video’s content was flagged as self-harm or suicide related, TikTok will also direct users to expert resources through an additional notification, including nonprofit befrienders.org. However, it doesn’t appear to include numbers for suicide hotlines, instead directing users or friends of users to call “local law enforcement.”

Facebook and Instagram, by comparison, have a more robust system and wider array of partners offering support in cases like this.

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In the past, TikTok users have often complained about their videos disappearing without notice. Some of these stories have gone viral, as when Lizzo called out TikTok for taking down videos of her in a bathing suit, for example.

As more users joined TikTok, video removals have grown, too. In the first half of 2020, TikTok said it removed 104.5 million videos for policy violations, up from the 49+ million it removed during the second half of 2019.

The new notification system’s global launch also follows a recent expansion of TikTok’s enforcement actions around hate speech and other hateful ideologies.

The company only yesterday published an explanation of those changes for its European community. That update was mistakenly reported by some news sites as if were a brand-new policy, but the majority of the changes had been first announced in the U.S. in August.

Regardless of timing, TikTok’s stronger policy enforcements may have led to even more confusion over video removals, due to its lack of a clear notification system.

TikTok says it believes the new notification system for video removals will help to reduce repeat violations, as it did during tests. It also saw visits to its Community Guidelines nearly triple, as a result of the new notifications, as well as a 14% reduction in requests for an appeal.

“Being transparent with our community is key to continuing to earn and maintain trust,” said TikTok in an announcement. “We’re glad to be able to bring this new notification system to all our users, and we’ll keep working to improve the ways we help our community understand our policies as we continue to build a safe and supportive platform.”

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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