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 updated their Community Guidelines in 2020, with significant and laudable improvements. TikTok clearly defines several terms such as “grooming,” “sexual exploitation,” and “sexual harassment.” The Guidelines explicitly list the type of activity and content that is prohibited on their platform, including content that “depicts, promotes, or glorifies” prostitution or pornography, content that simulates sexual activity (either verbally, in text, or even through emojis), or non-consensual sex. The minor safety section outlines the type of actions that would constitute grooming (e.g. content that normalizes sexual contact between and adult and a minor) and even goes so far as to prohibit sexually dance such as “twerking, breast shaking, pelvic thrusting or fondling” oneself or another. 

TikTok Terms of Service.

Of course, what matters most is TikTok’s commitment to the consistent application of these new safety features across its platform. It’s too early to tell just how well TikTok is implementing these new guidelines. As such, we will continue watching how quickly violations are dealt with wherever they arise. 

 

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