TikTok Activism - A Good Thing?

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

By Lindsey Sands

IG: lindseyburnerofthebread

I’m sure that even if you aren’t a user, you’ve heard of TikTok. In 2018, TikTok became the most downloaded app in the Apple App Store. Only allowing videos less than 60 seconds, it has captured the eyes and ears of millions, including myself. On the surface, it’s a platform for dancing and lip-syncing along to familiar songs, but in my time, I discovered a different face of the app. Social Activist TikTok.

Content creators on Social Activist TikTok have built platforms by speaking on social issues that impact communities they care about. These accounts are dedicated to educating viewers on topics such as racism and prejudice, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism.

A common problem on TikTok is what users call “shadow ban.” Creators report less and less views and removal of likes on videos that mention sensitive or controversial topics, an attempt to censor free speech on the app.