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Child Safety, Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation, Pedophilia

Policy Date:

Apr 14, 2022

We are deeply committed to ensuring the safety of minors on our platform. We do not tolerate activities that perpetuate the abuse, harm, endangerment, or exploitation of minors on TikTok. Any content, including animation or digitally created or manipulated media, that depicts abuse, exploitation, or nudity of minors is a violation on our platform and will be removed when detected. When warranted, we report violative content to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and/or other relevant legal authorities. TikTok considers a minor any person under the age of 18.

Users must meet the minimum age requirements to use TikTok, as stipulated in our Terms of Service. When underage account holders are identified, we will remove those accounts. Our platform is designed with the safety of minors in mind and some of our features are age restricted. Account holders who are under the age of 16 cannot use direct messaging or host a livestream and their content is not eligible to appear in the For You feed; the age thresholds may be higher in some regions. Account holders who are under the age of 18 cannot send or receive gifts via our virtual gifting features.

Sexual exploitation of minors
Sexual exploitation of minors is defined as any abuse of a position of power or trust for sexual purposes, including profiting financially, socially, sexually, or politically from the exploitation of a minor. Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) is defined as any visual depiction of sexually explicit nudity or conduct, whether captured by predatory adults, peers, or self-generated by minors. TikTok will take action on any content or accounts involving sexual interactions and advances between an adult and a minor, or between minors with a significant age difference.

Do not post, upload, stream, or share:

Content that shares, reshares, offers to trade or sell, or directs users off platform to obtain or distribute CSAM
Content that engages with minors in a sexualized way, or otherwise sexualizes a minor (e.g., via product features like duets)
Content that depicts, solicits, glorifies, or encourages child abuse imagery including nudity, sexualized minors, or sexual activity with minors
Content that depicts, promotes, normalizes, or glorifies pedophilia or the sexual assault of a minor
Content that revictimizes or capitalizes on minor victims of abuse by third party reshares or reenactments of assault or confessions
Grooming behavior
Grooming behaviors are those in which an adult builds an emotional relationship with a minor in order to gain the minor's trust for the purposes of future or ongoing sexual contact, sexual abuse, trafficking, or other exploitation. These behaviors include: flattery, requests for contact on or off platform, requests for personal information, solicitation of minor sexual abuse material, sexual solicitations or comments, and gift-giving.

Do not post, upload, stream, or share:

Grooming advances
Content that depicts, promotes, normalizes, or glorifies grooming behaviors
Content that solicits real-world sexual contact between a minor and an adult or between minors with a significant age difference
Content that displays or offers nudity to minors
Any solicitation of nude imagery or sexual contact, through blackmail or other means of coercion
Nudity and sexual activity involving minors
Nudity and sexual activity involving minors include content that is overtly revealing of breasts, genitals, anus, or buttocks, or behaviors that mimic, imply, or display sex acts involving minors. We do not allow the depiction, including digitally created or manipulated content, of nudity or sexual activity.

Do not post, upload, stream, or share:

Content that depicts or implies minor sexual activities including penetrative and non-penetrative sex, oral sex, or intimate kissing
Content that depicts sexual arousal or sexual stimulation involving a minor
Content that depicts a sexual fetish involving a minor
Content that depicts exposed human genitalia, female nipples or areola, pubic regions, or buttocks of a minor
Content that contains sexually explicit language depicting or describing a minor
Content depicting a minor that contains sexually explicit song lyrics
Content with sexually explicit dancing of a minor, including twerking, breast shaking, pelvic thrusting, or fondling the groin or breasts of oneself or another
Content depicting a minor undressing
Content depicting a minor in minimal clothing that is not situationally relevant to the location
Sexualized comments, emojis, text, or other graphics used to veil or imply nudity or sexual activity of a minor
Harmful activities by minors
Harmful minor activities include the possession or consumption of substances prohibited for minors, the misuse of legal substances, engagement in illegal activities, participation in activities, physical challenges, or dares that may threaten the well-being of minors. We remove any such content from our platform.

Do not post, upload, stream, or share:

Content that suggests, depicts, imitates, or promotes the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or drugs by a minor
Content that offers instruction targeting minors on how to buy, sell, or trade alcohol, tobacco, or controlled substances
Content that depicts or promotes activities that may jeopardize youth well-being, including physical challenges, dares, or stunts
Physical and psychological harm of minors
Behaviors that place minors at risk of physical or psychological harm include physical abuse, neglect, endangerment, and psychological disparagement. We remove any such content from our platform.

Do not post, upload, stream, or share:

Content that depicts or promotes physical abuse, neglect, endangerment, or psychological disparagement of minors
Content that depicts or promotes survivalist techniques without a warning asserting the hazards of replication
Crimes against children
We do not allow users who have been convicted of crimes against children to have an account on our platform. These crimes include: sexual assault, molestation, murder, physical abuse or neglect, abduction, international parental kidnapping, trafficking, exploitation of minors for prostitution, live online sexual abuse of a minor, sexual exploitation of minors in the context of travel and tourism, attempts to obtain or distribute child sexual abuse material (CSAM), and the production, possession, or distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). If we discover any such users, we ban the account. Any self-disclosed user information that states the account holder is a pedophile or minor sex offender will be taken at face value and the account may be deleted.

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