TikTok has updated its community guidelines: 5 things to know

Dangerous trends, hateful ideologies and eating disorders targeted in changes

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FILE – On Tuesday, TikTok announced an update to its community guidelines to ban dead names, gender errors and misogyny. (Picture: September 28, 2020.)

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TikTok updates its Community Rules to “promote safety, security and well-being” on the app, the company said.

The changes, announced Tuesday in a Press release, explicitly prohibit dead names, gender errors, and misogyny, as well as content that supports or promotes conversion therapy programs to clarify the types of hateful ideologies prohibited on the app. Deadnaming refers to calling a transgender person by a name they no longer use, according to the guidelines.

“While these ideologies have long been banned on TikTok, we’ve heard from creators and civil society organizations that it’s important to be explicit in our community guidelines,” TikTok said in the statement. “On top of that, we hope our recent feature allowing people to add their pronouns will encourage respectful and inclusive dialogue on our platform.”

Here are five more things to know about changes to TikTok’s Community Guidelines:

  1. Non-original content will be removed from the “For You” Feed. If you re-upload something that appears online or has a visible watermark from a competing platform, it will not be shown on the “For You” feed.
  2. TikTok has changed its stance on real threats. Actual threats will now be reported to law enforcement.
  3. To prioritize the safety of minors, content that invites minors to hook up with an adult on another platform will be detected as grooming and is a violation of updated Community Guidelines.
  4. Violent and graphic content relying on shock value is no longer eligible for the “For You” stream. “Content that may cause viewers discomfort, shock or disgust may be ineligible for FYF, including scary effects, scary jumps, makeup that realistically reproduces bloody injuries or depictions of functions bodily,” according to the guidelines.
  5. While TikTok already removes content that promotes eating disorders, the app will now remove the promotion of eating disorders. “We are making this change, in consultation with eating disorder experts, researchers and doctors, because we understand that people can struggle with unhealthy eating habits and behaviors without having an eating disorder diagnosis. “, TikTok said in the statement. “Our goal is to recognize more symptoms, such as over-exercising or short-term fasting, which are often under-recognized signs of a potential problem.”

Along with updating its community guidelines, the app released its latest quarterly report Community Rules Enforcement Report February 8. More than 91 million videos, or about 1% of all videos uploaded, were removed during the third quarter of 2021 because they violated the guidelines, according to the report.

TikTok encourages members of its community to use the tools provided on the application to report any content or account that they believe violates the updated Community Guidelines.

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