TikTok shared a handful of new features on Tuesday designed to support users’ mental well-being, including guides on how to engage with people who may be struggling and updated warning labels for sensitive content. The changes come as Facebook’s own research into its photo-sharing app Instagram has reportedly.
“While we don’t allow content that promotes, glorifies or normalizes suicide, self-harm or eating disorders,” TikTok said in a blog post, “we do support people who choose to share their experiences to raise awareness, help others who might be struggling and find support among our community.”
In order to more safely support these conversations and connections, TikTok is rolling out new well-being guides to support anyone sharing their personal experiences on the video app. The guides were developed along with the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Crisis Text Line, Live For Tomorrow, Samaritans of Singapore and Samaritans (UK), and are available on TikTok’s Safety Center. They also provide tips on how to engage with people who might be struggling.
The social video app is also sharing a new Safety Center guide on eating disorders for teens, caregivers and educators. The guide was developed along with experts like the National Eating Disorders Association, National Eating Disorder Information Centre, Butterfly Foundation and Bodywhys, and offers information, support and advice on eating disorders.