How to Get Someone Banned on TikTok

Written by Ivana - Reviewed by Emilija Social Media / TikTok

6 min read

TikTok is meant to be used for sharing fun video content and connecting to people. But, to protect its young audience, the social media app has very strict regulations on the type of content that can be posted.

The TikTok Community Guidelines feature guidelines that have to be followed when posting content on the app. Violations of the Community Guidelines can lead to penalties and get your account banned. This way TikTok makes sure inappropriate content is sanctioned and that the app remains a safe and fun space for users of all ages. Posts that are strictly prohibited on the platform include content that promotes bullying, drugs, alcohol, nudity, any form of sexual content, or content that threatens public safety.

But apart from TikTok banning users, in this article, we'll explore if you can get someone else banned on the platform.

Types of TikTok bans

There are different types of bans depending on the severity and frequency of the violations

Shadowban

Shadowban is a secret or indirect banning of a user with which TikTok limits the content of users to show up in other users’ feeds, meaning the user’s content won’t show up on other users' For You page. TikTok enforces this ban for minor violations in TikTok videos and it can last 1-3 days.

Livestreaming ban

TikTok can issue this ban on an account if the user’s previous Livestream was flagged for banned content or comments. The Livestream ban lasts from 24 hours to 48 hours.

Temporary ban

If you violate any of the guidelines, it can lead to a temporary ban from the platform which can last anywhere from one day to two weeks. After the ban expires, you can continue using the platform as before, being mindful of the TikTok policies.

Permanent ban

However, if you repeatedly break the guidelines, your account could be permanently banned from the platform. If this happens, the only solution is to create a new TikTok account with a different name.

However, apart from TikTok banning someone’s account, you might be wondering how to get someone’s TikTok account banned if you noticed that a person violates TikTok’s Community Guidelines.

Can you get someone’s account banned on TikTok?

If you see that a person is acting inappropriately, unfortunately, you cannot directly get them banned on TikTok. But you can report their account, which will bring TikTok’s attention to that account. TikTok will review the account and determine if they should ban the account.

How to get someone banned on TikTok by reporting their account

If you see that a user posts harmful content that violates TikTok’s Community Guidelines, you have the option to report that content to bring it to TikTok’s attention.

Note that content moderation on TikTok is automated - content is not reviewed by humans. So some accounts or content that violate the community guidelines of Tiktok may not be detected by the system. This is why reporting an account that promotes violence, nudity, illegal activity, and spreads misinformation is a moral obligation for all TikTok users.

To report an account on TikTok:

  1. Open the TikTok app and find the TikTok video(s) that you think violates the guidelines.
  2. Long-press on the video. This will bring a slide-up menu.
  3. On the menu, tap on ‘Report’.

Long-press on a video and select 'Report'

  1. Select the reason for reporting from the list that includes all the prohibited contents that TikTok mentions in its community guidelines.

Select a reason for reporting

  1. For some of the reasons on the list, you also need to specify the type of violation in each of them.
  2. After selecting the reason, click on the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom.

Select 'Submit'

  1. After submitting the report, you will be given the option to exit the screen or view your report. Click on ‘View the report’ to see all the reports you’ve submitted to TikTok.

How many reports does it take to delete a TikTok and an account?

There’s no clear information as to how many reports it takes for TikTok to delete an account.

Some sources speculate that the number of required reports for an account to be banned is at least three. However, TikTok hasn’t confirmed this.

For a TikTok to be deleted, if a person submits 10 reports, it usually takes less than 24 hours to process. But the whole process may last up to 2-3 days.

How to ban (block) someone from your For You page

If you want to take one step further and can’t wait for TikTok to take action to ban the account or content, you can block someone’s account.

Blocking someone from your For You page only removes that account for you, but other users will still be able to see the account and the content they post.

To block a user on TikTok:

  1. Open your TikTok app and navigate to the account you want to block.
  2. On the account’s page, tap on the three-dot menu in the top-right corner.

Tap on the three dots

  1. In the slide-up menu, tap on ‘Block’.

Tap on 'Block'

  1. In the pop-up message, tap on ‘Confirm’.

Tap on 'Confirm'

To see all your blocked accounts, go to Settings and privacy > Privacy > Blocked accounts.

Although there's no direct way to get someone banned on TikTok, now that you know how to report and block someone on TikTok, learn how to delete your TikTok account permanently and how to recover a hacked TikTok account.