A woman recently went viral when she shared a tip she claims will drastically lower the number of TikTok Shop ads on your feed.
TikToker Honest Review Gal (@honestreviewgal) said she made the discovery after finding the number of targeted ads overwhelming whenever she went onto the app. The video has been viewed 1.9 million times as of the publication of this story.
“I learned something on TikTok this week I wanted to share,” Honest Review Gal began. “Honest Review Gal was 100% inspired by the fact that product ads on social media are either misleading, manipulative or just downright too good to be true. TikTok shop is included in that.”
She then showed viewers the simple method she claimed would cut down the number of TikTok Shop ads they receive. First, she went to her Discover page at the bottom left-hand corner of the app. Then, she searched #TikTokShop. After selecting it, she scrolled to the Hashtags tab and held down the first result, bringing up the Result Feedback option. Finally, in the Result Feedback menu, she simply selected Dislike, wrote “Not relevant,” and submitted her comment to bring down the number of ads shown on her For You Page.
@honestreviewgal If you saw this already, you know I had to spread the word! #honestreviews #disinfluencer #tiptok ♬ Khandi – Ooyy
Many viewers were grateful for the assistance.
“LOVE THIS. THANK YOU!!! My for you page has change into mostly tik tok shop,” one said.
“Thank you! I just did that! I think we should all give their feedback ‘too many ads,’ a second agreed.
Others asked what to do if you didn’t have a Discover page.
“I don’t have a discover page,” a viewer said.
“Mine is the search glass at the top right, if that helps!” another replied.
“I went to my settings and content preferences. There is a place to block words,” a second added.
According to All About Cookies, another way to lower your ads is to adjust your settings. Open your TikTok app and tap Profile at the bottom of your screen. Then tap Menu at the top. Select Settings and Privacy, then tap Ads. Choose Advertiser Settings and turn ads off for each advertiser.
Users have been dissatisfied with the overabundance of ads ever since the app rolled out TikTok Shop. Issues with fake products further turned off users, such as how one user said she received a dupe after ordering what she thought was CosRX’s snail mucin serum from a TikTok Shop link. To make matters worse, healthcare professionals claimed that users were selling harmful products through the app.
The Daily Dot reached out to TikTok via email and Honest Review Gal via TikTok comments for further comment.