TikTok is one of the most popular social media platforms worldwide, with more than 1 billion followers. This platform will find tons of entertaining, funny, and educational content.
However, there are incidences when someone might not post something decent or use this platform to incite hate and violence. In such cases, how will they be banned? What is the banning policy of TikTok?
In this blog, we will explore TikTok’s banning process and policy in detail.
How To Get Someone’s Account Banned on TikTok
You cannot directly ban someone from TikTok. If you wish to ban someone, you need to report that user. Make sure that if you are reporting someone, you must have a solid reason to do it. When the report request is submitted, TikTok will review your request and get back to you in 3 to 7 days.
To report someone, you just need to go to the user’s content that you feel is violating a community guideline. After identifying the TikTok video, click on that video for 5-10 seconds, and a menu will appear; there, you will find the report option.
After selecting the report option, you need to give a solid reason for reporting the users. The reasons can range from posting inappropriate content, copying someone else’s content, blackmail, etc. Later, in the blog, we will explore more on the reasons for which a TikTok user can get banned on the platform.
What are the reasons for getting banned on TikTok?
TikTok never arbitrarily bans someone. There are solid reasons behind banning a user. However, there are sometimes cases when TikTok can ban a user if they even minorly violate TikTok’s community guidelines; in such cases, we suggest contacting TikTok’s support team and explain your case.
Now let’s look at all the possible reasons why users get banned from the TikTok app.
Posting Content that hinders the public safety
If a user posts content that contains any threat to public safety, he/she will get immediately banned by TikTok. Such content also includes encouraging other users to create violent crimes, inciting hate speech against a particular community, promoting terror activities, drug use, etc. If you ever encounter such content, please report it to TikTok.
Posting Sexually Explicit Content
TikTok is strictly against posting sexually explicit content in any form. Content that showcases sexual exploitation and nudity — that user will get banned on TikTok. The content that indulges minors in some harmful sexual acts is strictly prohibited by TikTok. The platform has a user base of young users, thus, it would be unsafe for them if people start uploading sexual content.
Content that encourages self-harm
TikTok does not allow users to post content that encourages or glorifies the idea of self-harm, suicide, eating disorders, etc. It even prohibits content that encourages other users to do harmful stunts that can physically and mentally take a toll on their health. If a user is found posting such type of content, there is a high probability that they will get banned by the TikTok app.
Posting Content is Violent and Graphic
TikTok prohibits users from posting content that is too graphic and violent. Users cannot post content of accidents, injuries, blood, or anything that is disturbing and glorifies violence and suffering. Also, content that showcases harm to animals is not allowed on this platform. If any user posts this type of content, they will get banned by TikTok.
Content involving illegal activity
No one can use TikTok as a medium to promote and encourage any type of illegal activities, including drugs, human trafficking, terrorism, etc. Content that promotes and instigates other people to do unlawful activities is also prohibited on TikTok; if a user does so, they will get banned immediately.
If a user threatens or blackmails other people, and that is reflected in their content, then the user can get banned. If a user reveals someone’s private information like their phone number, address, email, and bank statements without permission, that will also lead to a ban. Also, If any user is blackmailing you in your DMs – immediately report it to TikTok. Be careful of connecting and sharing your personal information with people you connect with online.
Spam, Impersonation, and Misinformation
No user should post content that contains spam and fake engagement. Making videos around selling and buying likes, views, followers, and shares is not allowed by the platform.
Also, users cannot make a fake account of someone else, leading to a ban. No users should use TikTok to spread misinformation and hate speech. The TikTok algorithm can detect such accounts easily and will ban them, right away.
If TikTok finds out that a user is cyberbullying another person, then that user can be banned permanently from the platform. TikTok is made up of a young demographic; therefore, it is important to ensure that the platform is safe to use for its users.
If TikTok finds a user whose age is below 16, their account will get banned. In the updated Terms of Service of TikTok, it has stated that kids below 16 or at the age of 16 should delete their account or else it can result in account suspension and ban.
How Many Violations To Get Banned (100 words)
TikTok has not specified any exact number of violations before it bans someone. It depends on the intensity of the violation. For instance, If a user has been blackmailing another user, they might get banned immediately.
However, if a user is posting content that minorly violates TikTok’s community guidelines and will not get banned immediately, they might receive a strict warning.
No matter how big or small a user’s violation, they will always face some kind of consequence. It can be a shadow ban, strict warning, or penalty, and TikTok can even permanently ban your account.
Types of Bans on TikTok
Shadowban is a type of ban where TikTok does not inform the users and secretly bans the user. If a user faces a TikTok shadowban, no one can see their content in the ‘For You’ or their feed. This happens if a person posts inappropriate content that does not follow the community guidelines. The ban can last up to 1 to 3 days.
If a person violates TikTok’s Community Guidelines in a live stream, it results in a live stream ban. It can happen if a person uses hate speech in a live stream or disclose someone’s personal information or use it to instigate violence. This ban usually lasts up to 24 to 48 hours.
If your content violates any of the community guidelines laid out by TikTok, it can lead to a temporary ban of your account, and it can last up to 1 day to even two weeks. So, read the community guidelines carefully, and do not make content that even minorly hurts the community guidelines.
If you constantly keep violating community guidelines, then your account can be permanently banned from TikTok. For instance, if a user constantly keeps on posting content that is sexually explicit or depicts self-harm. They might get permanently banned if they repeatedly do it even after getting notice of violations from Tiktok. Usually, in this scenario, you cannot retrieve your account back.
How long is a TikTok account banned?
The duration of the ban depends on the type of ban and the severity of the violation. If the ban is temporary, it might last from 3 to 14 days. In the case of a shadow ban, it can last up to 3 days, and in the worst-case scenario of a permanent ban, TikTok does not unban the banned account.
How many reports does it take to get banned on TikTok?
No specific number of reports can get someone banned on TikTok. Sometimes, even a single report is enough to ban the user. There are also cases of fake reporting; if this happens, TikTok will not take any action against the genuine user.
The number of reports depends on the severity of the act. For example, if a user is found blackmailing other users, they might get banned immediately after someone reports them. However, suppose someone has minorly violated the community guidelines. In that case, TikTok will review their activity and might take some time to punish them. In some cases, issue them a strict warning instead of a ban.
How does someone get permanently banned from TikTok?
If a user has violated TikTok’s community guidelines multiple times, then he/she can get permanently banned from TikTok. It can happen when a user is constantly uploading sexual content even after TikTok’s warning and temporary bans or in the case where someone is using TikTok as a medium to encourage violence and illegal activities, etc.
If a user feels that their account is wrongfully banned, they can appeal to the TikTok app and contact their support team. However, in most cases, TikTok is very serious about its permanent bans, it might not unban the user.
TikTok keeps a close look at the content that has been posted on the app. If a user is found violating TikTok’s community guidelines, then he/she will face a penalty according to the severity of the violation.
The violation can range from posting inappropriate content, blackmailing other users, spreading hate and inciting violence, making fake spam accounts, etc. Depending on the severity of someone’s crime, it will take action in the form of a TikTok ban, suspension, or at times, a strict warning. You should adhere to all the TikTok guidelines, if you want to avoid any type of ban.