Like all other social media platforms, TikTok has its own set of rules and policies to ensure the platform remains a fun and safe space for all users. If you violate community guidelines consistently, then you’ll be banned permanently from the platform. So, if you’ve been banned from TikTok, is there anything you can do?
If your TikTok account has been banned temporarily, you can wait for your suspension to expire or contact TikTok to lift the ban. However, if your account has been banned permanently or you think TikTok mistakenly banned your account, you can write and submit an appeal to their support team.
If you’ve been shadowbanned or permanently blocked from TikTok for any reason (or for no apparent reason), you can also contact TikTok’s support to get your account reinstated. Let’s look at the reasons your account can get banned and how you can contact TikTok regarding your banned account. We’ll also dive into the platform’s violation system, so that you know exactly what type of content to avoid.
Why Did Your Account Get Banned on TikTok?
There are several reasons why your account can get banned on TikTok. For instance, you might not be the right age according to the platform’s regulations, or you might not have verified your age on the app.
Your account can also get banned for sharing banned content. Make sure you carefully read all of TikTok’s rules and regulations, so that you know exactly what type of content to avoid.
If you’ve shared confidential and private material or bullied someone, then TikTok will ban your account as well. You can also be banned from the platform if someone reports your account because of illegal activities, harassment, hate speech, or animal cruelty.
However, there are some cases where TikTok mistakenly bans accounts either permanently or temporarily. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to fix this problem.
How to Contact TikTok Regarding Your Banned Account
If your account has been banned, you can contact TikTok and try to appeal the ban. You can either do this directly from the app or by sending an email to [email protected], with your TikTok username included.
Here’s how you can contact TikTok and appeal the ban through the app:
- Launch the TikTok app on your device and tap ‘Profile’ at the bottom-right of the screen.
- Tap the hamburger icon at your screen’s top-right corner.
- Tap ‘Settings and Privacy,’ scroll down, and then tap ‘Report a Problem.’
- Tap ‘Account and Profile,’ go to the ‘Profile Page,’ and then tap ‘Other.’
- Tap on the ‘Need More Help’ option.
- Write down your report and then tap ‘Report’ or ‘Appeal.’
Once you’ve submitted your report, you’ll need to wait a few days for TikTok to review the appeal and reply. The platform’s team usually responds to the appeal in around 1-5 business days. If your appeal is accepted, then your account will be restored.
Why Does TikTok Ban Accounts?
If you violate TikTok’s community guidelines repeatedly, your account will be temporarily or permanently blocked from the platform. You can get banned for posting or sharing content that promotes drugs, nudity, bullying, alcohol, or sexual content of any form.
You’ll receive a warning in your TikTok app the first time you violate any of the community guidelines.
After the first violation, you might be temporarily banned from the platform for a short amount of time (usually between one and seven days), depending on the severity of your violation and previous guideline violations (if any).
After several violations, TikTok may permanently ban your account. If your account has been banned temporarily, you can simply wait until your suspension expires. You won’t be able to comment, message, edit your profile, or upload a video on TikTok during this time.
However, if your account has been permanently banned or you think TikTok incorrectly banned your account, you can let its support team know by writing and submitting an appeal.
How to Get Your Permanently Banned TikTok Account Back
If you violate TikTok community guidelines multiple times, your account will be banned permanently. If this happens, you can try to appeal to TikTok’s support team to unban your account. However, it’s highly unlikely that it’ll do so.
When your account gets banned permanently, you’ll receive a banner notification whenever you open the app, telling you about the ban. If you believe TikTok banned your account incorrectly, you can let its support team know by submitting an appeal through the app.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Open the banner notification.
- Tap ‘Appeal.’
- Follow all the on-screen instructions.
This is one way to get your permanently banned account back. After submitting the appeal, you’ll have to wait a few days for TikTok’s team to review it and respond. The chances of your ban getting lifted are very slim, but it’s still worth a shot.
If you don’t get your account back, you can either create a completely new one or watch TikTok videos on a computer without an account.
Keep in mind that as part of your permanent ban, TikTok might also block your device, preventing you from registering in the future. So, if you want to create a new TikTok account, you’ll have to do so with another device.
What Is TikTok’s Violation System?
All content on TikTok is first analyzed by technology that singles out and flags any potential policy violations, like violent and graphic content or adult nudity.
Once the app identifies content as violating its community guidelines, TikTok will automatically remove it or flag it for additional review by its safety team.
It’s important to note that TikTok’s violation system counts how many times you violate community guidelines and acts, in part, depending on the frequency and severity of any previous violations.
If you violate any of the guidelines, the app will inform you of the ramifications in your Inbox’s ‘Account Updates’ section.
More violations will result in harsher penalties, including permanent or temporary suspensions. You can see a complete record of all your violations in your inbox as well.
First Violation on Your Account
When you violate TikTok’s community guidelines for the first time, you’ll receive a warning in your device’s app.
However, if you violated a zero-tolerance policy, your account will be banned automatically. TikTok might also block your device to prevent you from creating any future accounts.
Multiple Violations on Your Account
If you violate community guidelines repeatedly, TikTok can take one or both of the following actions:
TikTok might suspend your account’s ability to perform some actions, depending on the severity of your violation and the existence of previous violations, if there are any.
For instance, in a temporary ban, you might be unable to comment, edit your profile, upload a video, send direct messages, or start a LIVE for a short period of time, usually between 24 and 48 hours.
In some instances, TikTok might also restrict your account to view-only, usually for between three and seven days. This means that you won’t be able to send direct messages, post, or engage with any sort of content during that time.
If you violate community guidelines repeatedly, TikTok will inform you that your account might be permanently banned. This means that if you keep violating TikTok’s guidelines, your account will be banned permanently from the platform.
If your account gets banned permanently, you’ll get a banner notification when you open your app, informing you of the account change.
It’s important to note that if you violate TikTok’s zero-tolerance policies, such as posting sexually abusive content, your account will automatically be banned permanently. TikTok might also block your device to prevent you from creating any future accounts.