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“Hi @tiktok_us i’m banned! it won’t let me post pls help i’ll put ALL of my clothes on!” she pleaded with the platform.
hi @tiktok_us i’m banned ! it won’t let me post pls help i’ll put ALL of my clothes on!— Tana Mongeau (@tanamongeau) January 9, 2020
Her tweet suggests that her ban was due to violating one of the application’s community guidelines against nudity.
“DO NOT post, share, or send explicit content, sexual content, or nudity,” the guidelines read.
According to Dexerto, Mongeau also spoke about the ban in a video posted to her Instagram Story on Jan. 10.
“I’m still banned from TikTok,” she said in the video, per Dexerto. “It won’t let me post, and I’m so—I’m honestly really upset about it, like in real life. Like… what do I do? I’ll be good. I’ll leave my shirt on. I promise. No more bongs.”
Some fans on Twitter jokingly responded by saying the ban was inevitable due to her usual attire.
“Tana even if you put all your clothes on I’m sure we’d still see a nip no hate tho free the nips we like nips,” Twitter user jnjsdinkfamBri wrote.
That’s why they banned u because clothes on don’t equal tana mongeau— im an online troll (@hit_mewitha_car) January 10, 2020
Tana even if you put all your clothes on I’m sure we’d still see a nip no hate tho free the nips we like nips😂❤️— Bri💕 (@jnjsdinkfamBri) January 9, 2020
Others shared her pain and expressed frustration over their own bans.
“I think we’re all banned,” Twitter @aimshylaoliver user wrote, along with a screenshot of their permanent ban notice.
i think we’re all banned pic.twitter.com/bDOAfjfGTC— shyla 🕷🦇 (@iamshylaoliver) January 9, 2020
Can relate pic.twitter.com/hCkIgnzrMq— p a r i s (@ParisSvec47) January 9, 2020
Many shared their confusion over the ambiguity of how the rules are reinforced.
“Omg me too sis!” Twitter user @partiwzanardi wrote. Partiwzanardi also shared a YouTube video detailing their experience determining what is appropriate and in-line with the regulation standards.
Omg me too sis ! https://t.co/iqWy3axctA— partiwithzanardi (@partiwzanardi) January 9, 2020
Other Twitter users shared alternate reasons for why one may be banned from TikTok.
“I got banned for changing my bio, it wasn’t bad at all, a few others got banned for changing/editing their bios too,” Twitter @emmaw15_ user stated.
I got banned for changing my bio, it wasn’t bad at all, a few others got banned for changing/editing their bios too— Emma West (@emmaw15_) January 10, 2020
Twitter user @Brxannamxchelle said they were banned “for a week for saying weed in a post.”
They literally banned me for a week for saying weed in a post so you’re in for a wild ride— Bri ♥️ (@Brxannamxchelle) January 9, 2020
TikTok takes seriously what kind of content is shared and continues to make updates to its policies and community guidelines. TikTok states the platform “is not the place for graphic, violent, shocking, or sensational content. If you wouldn’t show this content to your parents or children, please don’t post it here.”
For some users, the guidelines are just not clear enough. Where is the proverbial “red line” drawn? Only when slapped with a ban, is it made clear that they have gone too far.
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Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.