TikTok is a social media platform designed for creating, editing, and sharing short videos between 15 seconds and three minutes in length.

TikTok provides songs and sounds as well as filters and special effects that users can add to their videos. 

Since its launch in 2016, TikTok has gained global popularity. It was downloaded 693 million times in 2019 and 850 million times in 2020


TikTok offers unique opportunities for businesses to connect with a vast, younger audience, leverage viral potential, and showcase creativity.

However, it also comes with limitations such as a younger user base, short attention spans, limited analytics, and brand safety concerns.

TikTok enforces strict community guidelines that users must adhere to violations of these guidelines can result in a ban or suspension.

TikTok Guidelines

Examples of prohibited content include:

  • Violent or graphic activity
  • Bullying
  • Nudity or sexual activity
  •  Self-harm
  • Discrimination or hate speech
  • Any sort of drugs
  • Threats
  • Anything with a weapon
  • Spam
  • Anything illegal

Why you get banned 

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A TikTok ban could have far-reaching consequences. Millions of users rely on the app for entertainment, education, and communication.

Creators, influencers, and businesses have built their success on the platform. A ban could affect the global economy, advertisers, and investors. Before calling for a ban, consider the impact on millions of people and businesses worldwide.

TikTok aims to create a safe and positive platform for users doing the following leads to you losing your account:

  • Repeatedly using copyrighted music or materials without proper authorization can lead to a ban.
  • Harmful or illegal activities like encouraging people to commit violence.
  • Engaging in harmful or illegal activities such as promoting drug abuse, self-harm, or dangerous challenges can result in a ban.
  • Post or promote content that depicts non-consensual sex acts such as rape or molestation. 
  •  Post content that facilitates human trafficking
  • Post content that depicts real-world torture.
  • Create or use another TikTok account to intentionally avoid restrictions or a permanent ban imposed on another account.
  • . Blackmail/threats: Don't share content that threatens to release another user’s personal information such as their residential address, private email address, private phone number, bank statements, or passport number.

What happens when you are banned

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You'll receive a push notification and an in-app notification when you next open the app, informing you of this account change.

Some temporary bans restrict specific activities, like posting, commenting, messaging, or viewing.

This ban usually comes after breaking TikTok's rules, but it's not forever.

It typically lasts 24 to 48 hours, some 14 days, and in rare cases, even permanently depending on the severity of the violation.

How to get unbanned.

TikTok Appeal Message

If you believe your account was banned incorrectly, file an appeal, you will need to submit a customer support ticket by doing the following:

  • Open the app
  • ​Click on the question mark icon in the top right corner of Ads Manager to access a drop down menu
  • Tap Appeal to initiate the account recovery process 
  • Follow the instructions provided.

TikTok typically responds to appeals within 24 to 72 hours.

Some reports suggest that appeal requests have been left unresolved for months. However, keep in mind that because strikes expire after 90 days, you should expect to receive some resolution within this time-frame.

If you delete appealed content that is under review, they may not be able to remove the violation from your record if your appeal is approved.

Your content will also not be restored if you delete it after submitting an appeal.

Be aware that multiple violations could result in account penalties.

A temporary ban typically takes up to 14 days to complete, following which you should be able to access all of the app's functions once more.

After this time, if you still can't post, you can submit a request to have the ban lifted by emailing TikTok Help or using the Share your feedback form.