TikTok Refreshes Policy, Rolls Out New Features that Support Users’ Well-Being

These days, it would already be kind of surprising to encounter someone who still haven’t heard of the video-sharing, social media platform, TikTok. This platform is home for countless of short-form videos that sparked some trends and have entertained many individuals all over the globe.

And just this December 15, 2020, to help everyone feel more comfortable in creating and sharing their content in the platform; TikTok’s Head of Trust & Safety, Cormac Keenan, announced a refreshed Community Guidelines and some other updates on its features that support the well-being of its users.

“At TikTok, safety isn’t a nice-to-have or an afterthought; it’s central to all our work, and our teams strive to be inclusive and thoughtful when developing our policies.”

– Cormac Keenan, Head of Trust & Safety, TikTok

Added on TikTok’s Community Guidelines were more details about what’s allowed on their platform. According to Keenan, these guidelines define a common code of conduct and encourage a welcoming community environment.

You can check out TikTok’s refreshed Community Guidelines here.

TikTok’s New Resources to Support Well-Being 

Emotional Support

Source: TikTok Newsroom

According to TikTok, updated resources that aim to support people who may be struggling are planned to be rolled out over the coming week. Guidance was seek from leading behavioral psychologists and suicide prevention experts in creation of the said resources.

“Now, if someone searches for terms like “selfharm” or “hatemyself” they’ll see evidence-based actions they can take,” sated the Trust & Safety Head of the platform.

Opt-in Viewing Screens

Source: TikTok Newsroom

Have you already encountered and accidentally watched videos which you find distressing? You may never experience scrolling past such again with the new feature TikTok has recently introduced.

They call this new feature opt-in viewing screens, which according to TikTok, will be on top of graphic or distressing videos.

Although these types of content are already ineligible for recommendation in anyone’s feed, TikTok wanted to further reduce viewing of such videos.

Thus, with the opt-in viewing screens, viewers will be presented two options. They can choose to either skip the video or watch it anyway.

Update on Coronavirus Resource Hub

Source: TikTok Newsroom

Furthermore, since vaccines against the COVID-19 are already being developed and approved; TikTok’s in-app coronavirus resource hub will also be updated over the coming week, featuring commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

Where can you access the platform’s coronavirus resource hub? You can see it from TikTok’s Discover page, search results, and banners on COVID-19 and vaccine-related videos.


Source: TikTok Newsroom

Another updated is about to roll out and they call it the text-to-speech feature. What does it do? Well, it simply convert typed text to voice that plays over text as it appears in a video. 

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