TikTok promotes positivity with new comment features

18th March, 2021 4:07 pm

We all love to watch videos and it’s no surprise that TikTok is one of the most popular places to view content. The app allows so much creativity and freedom to its users that many of us have a lot of fun exploring and engaging with the platform.

A lot of this engagement comes from comments that viewers can leave on individual videos. It’s a place to leave our thoughts, react to the content or tag other users so they can enjoy it as well.

Most of the time, comments can be a positive place to see how users are responding to your content, but unfortunately, it can also bring a lot of negativity. Comments can often be hateful or unkind that aim to bring either the creator or the audience down.

This is why TikTok have brought out two new features to help give creators more control over their comments along with encouraging viewers to rethink their actions if they are driven to post hurtful comments.

TikTok – Filtering and Controlling Comments

TikTok has incorporated a ‘Filter All Comments’ feature that is an extra monitoring process to allow users to check all comments before they are made public on their videos. When comments are made, they are sent directly to the creator for review. If something is harmful or unkind, then they can choose not to publish it.

This can be a good feature for users who want more control over their content and who only want comments that they are comfortable to show, positive or negative.

This feature builds on the already established options of filtering out offensive comments and specific keywords chosen by the creator. If you choose these options, TikTok will determine whether a comment is harmful and won’t publish it until approved by you. As well as this, if you feel a specific word or phrase is related to bringing offensive, you can add these in and TikTok will hide any comment that uses those keywords until it is approved by you.

TikTok – Reconsidering Harmful and Offensive Comments

As well as this, TikTok is looking to promote respect throughout the platform by prompting users to reconsider their words if they are about to post offensive or harmful comments on videos.

If a phrase is typed out that could promote negativity, a prompt will appear asking them to consider editing their comment. It will also advise them that it could violate their community guidelines which if not adhered to, could result in suspension of accounts or banning altogether from TikTok.

Users will ultimately have the final decision of whether to post the comment or not but the prompt will allow time for reflection and may encourage people reconsider their actions.

TikTok Safety Checklist

These features are important steps forward in trying to make social media platforms positive areas for people of all ages. If you want to know what other safety measures and privacy features TikTok has in place, then don’t forget to download our free social media checklist.

Source: SWGfL

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