Refreshed Community Guidelines are underpinned by TikTok’s Community Principles.
TikTok has announced its refreshed Community Guidelines, reaffirming its commitment to safety. TikTok's Community Guidelines are the rules and standards for being part of the TikTok community which apply to everyone and everything on the platform. As a part of this announcement, the platform is also introducing TikTok's Community Principles.
The Community Principles will help users and the wider community to better understand the decisions on how the platform works to keep TikTok a safe place for users. These principles are based on TikTok's commitment to upholding human rights and are aligned with international legal frameworks. These principles guide TikTok's decisions about how they moderate content so that the platform can strive to be fair in its actions, protect human dignity, and strike a balance between freedom of expression and preventing harm.
To inform the most comprehensive updates to TikTok's Community Guidelines to date, the platform consulted more than 100 organizations around the world, including the International Association for Suicide Prevention and, regionally, the Safety Advisory Council and SMEX in addition to members of their community. Their input helped TikTok to strengthen its rules and respond to new threats and potential harms. Some of the key changes are:
TikTok's new Community Guidelines will take effect on April 21 and over the coming months, the platform will provide additional training to their moderators in order to help enforce these updated rules and standards effectively as they start to roll out.
Taking into account previous feedback, TikTok has brought everything about its rules and standards into one place so that everyone, from creators to researchers, can get what they need. Rules and guidelines have now been organized thematically into different topic areas such as Behavioral and Mental Health. For each topic, TikTok provides a brief explanation of what isn't allowed, followed by additional details such as definitions and the range of actions the platform might take if they are violated. TikTok has also laid out the four pillars for its approach to moderation:
Today's update to TikTok's Community Guidelines also expands on their enforcement strategy by: