TikTok’s Policies

While third-party users certainly bear responsibility for how they use the app, corporations such as yours bear great social responsibility to do the utmost to ensure that their services are not used for harmful ends.

TikTok’s official Community Guidelines state that users “will not post, share, or send explicit content, sexual content, or nudity”[1] and in the Terms of Service, users are not permitted to “use the Services to upload, transmit, distribute, store or otherwise make available in anyway… any material which is defamatory of any person, obscene, offensive, pornographic, hateful or inflammatory.”[2]

In addition, TikTok has included a child safety infringement clause in the Community Guidelines. These guidelines prohibit content that sexually exploits minors, content that endangers minor’s physical or mental health, and content that harasses minors.[3] However, it is abundantly clear that these rules are not being followed or adequately enforced.

Ultimately, it is the responsibility and duty of TikTok, to ensure that its Terms of Service and Community Guidelines are not hollow suggestions, but true rules that govern the use of its app.


[1] TikTok, “Community Guidelines” (n.d.), https://support.tiktok.com/en/privacy-safety/community-policy-en (accessed July 24, 2019).

[2] TikTok, “Terms of Service” (February 2019), https://www.tiktok.com/en/terms-of-use (accessed July 24, 2019).

[3] TikTok, “Community Guidelines” (n.d.), https://support.tiktok.com/en/privacy-safety/community-policy-en (accessed July 24, 2019).

 

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