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What You Need To Know About TikTok Community Guidelines

Alex Noonan
December 1, 2022
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TikTok is constantly updating its community guidelines to promote safety and security within the app. Keeping your TikTok account safe is not a challenge, but the platform takes various offenses seriously. Because of this, brands must keep up to date when it comes to what type of content they want to post and how it could impact their account.

What Are Community Guidelines on TikTok?

TikTok’s community guidelines are a set of universal norms and standard codes of conduct. They provide general guidance on what is and what is not allowed on the platform to ensure TikTok continues to be a welcoming, safe and positive experience. As they say, “TikTok is building a global community where people can create and share, discover the world around them, and connect with others across the world.” To do this, community guidelines must be adhered to.

According to the information provided by the platform, TikTok’s community guidelines apply to everybody. It will remove any content that violates its policies, including video, audio, live stream, images, comments, links, or other text. It is also possible for the platform to temporarily or permanently ban accounts and/or users involved in severe or repeated violations. Using a combination of technology and human moderation, the guidelines are enforced proactively to identify potential content issues before it is reported. That being said, users are also welcome to use the tools provided on TikTok to report any content or account they believe violates the community guidelines.

What Will Get You Banned From TikTok?

The most obvious reason for getting your account banned from TikTok is breaking the guidelines. Anything from bullying, drugs, alcohol, nudity or graphic content goes against TikTok's policies. 

Let's take a look at some of the specific reasons you could get banned from TikTok:

Threatening Public Safety

Posting any content that encourages or advocates for committing acts of violence is against the TikTok community guidelines and could result in your account getting banned. 

Explicit Content

The sharing of content containing sexually explicit content or nudity may result in getting banned or content being removed. 

Violent or Graphic Content

Any content that glorifies extreme violence or suffering that could include injuries or accidents is not allowed on the platform. A big reason for this is due to the number of minors that are active on the platform. 

Promoting Illegal Activity

Content that promotes illegal activities such as physical harm, exploitation, illegal trade, and breaking the law in any way can get you banned from TikTok. This includes instructing people to commit unlawful activity and promoting drugs, alcohol, firearms, etc. are prohibited. 

Spam, Impersonation and Misinformation

Any form of spamming or fake engagement, such as promoting counterfeit buying, selling, liking, followers, etc., is against the community guidelines. Impersonation of somebody else, as well as sharing misinformation, puts you at risk of getting banned. 


Sharing content that threatens to hack another user or release somebody else's personal information, also known as doxing, is another way to get your account banned from the platform. 

In addition, TikTok's zero-tolerance policies, such as posting child sexual abuse material, automatically permanently ban your account. They may also block a device to help prevent future accounts from being created.

Being a Good Citizen in the TikTok Community

It is essential to refrain from posting any content that goes against the guidelines to ensure that your account is not banned.

  • Do not post anything that promotes or includes violence.
  • Do not spread any information before making sure it is correct.
  • Do not share anybody's information besides your own.
  • Lastly, ensure that all the content you share is respectful to anybody and everybody in the TikTok community. 

TikTok provides a detailed list of its Community Guidelines online. Check it out to ensure you aren't posting content that could be a violation.

Dive Deeper Into Your TikTok Account Performance With Dash Hudson

With Dash Hudson’s TikTok Insights and TikTok Management and Measurement, you can ensure that your TikTok account will perform well while protecting your account by being a good citizen in the community. You can easily analyze content performance, track profile and video views, and follower growth. Discover where viewers found your video on TikTok as well as the location of those viewers around the world by digging deep into your traffic source. 

Additionally, make your TikTok page shoppable with LikeShop, and stay on top of your content with our Trending Sounds feature, which is updated weekly. Anf finally, leverage the Boards feature to create content pillars and find out what content resonates best with your audience and what is underperforming.  


What are community guidelines violations on TikTok?

There are several violations on TikTok that will get you banned. In general, do not promote or share violent content, do not share nudity, do not spread misinformation, and never share personal information about others.

Why did TikTok ban me for no reason?

If your TikTok account gets banned or your content is removed, chances are you did something that violates the TikTok community guidelines. When content is identified as violating the community guidelines, it will be automatically removed or flagged for additional review by TikTok’s Safety Team. 

How long is a community guideline ban on TikTok?

If you’re facing a temporary ban, TikTok will suspend your ability to complete specific actions (upload a video, comment, send direct messages (DM), edit your profile, or start a LIVE) on the platform for 24-48 hours. 

After several violations, you’ll be notified that your account may be permanently banned. This means that if the behavior persists, the account will be permanently banned from TikTok.

What content is not allowed on TikTok?

Violating content can include but is not limited to bullying and harassment, sexual exploitation of minors, grooming, illegal activities, blackmail, nudity, hateful behavior, impersonation, etc. TikTok lists all violating content in detail on their website.

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