Apps and Software

TikTok is banning all climate change denial content

A ban TikTok can get behind.
By Christianna Silva  on 
In this photo illustration, a person's silhouette holds a smartphone with the TikTok logo in the background.
Climate misinformation is banned on TikTok, but TikTok isn't banned yet. Credit: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Happy Earth Day! TikTok is making moves to ban all climate change denial content on its platform.

Starting April 21, TikTok will "begin to ramp up enforcement" of its new climate change misinformation policy. All climate-related content searches will be directed to "authoritative information" sourced in partnership with the United Nations, the Daily Beast reported(opens in a new tab). According to a blog post from TikTok(opens in a new tab), the policy means that any content that "undermines well-established scientific consensus" about climate change will be removed from the platform.

"Trust and authenticity fuel the creativity of TikTok—and we believe we have an important role to play in empowering informed climate discussions on our platform," the blog post reads.

This effort comes about a month after TikTok announced it was updating its community guidelines(opens in a new tab) in order to add new policies regarding artificial intelligence, climate misinformation, civil and election integrity, and age restrictions. It also comes about a year after a report revealed that TikTok is a hub for climate change misinformation(opens in a new tab) — simply by searching "climate change," users would be fed a whole host of results related to climate change denial.

All the while, TikTok is under scrutiny. Lawmakers in more than a dozen countries have implemented various bans of the app due to fears that TikTok is giving user data to the Chinese government, and one U.S. state passed a ban on downloading of the app.

More in TikTok

Mashable Image
Christianna Silva
Senior Culture Reporter

Christianna Silva is a Senior Culture Reporter at Mashable. They write about tech and digital culture, with a focus on Facebook and Instagram. Before joining Mashable, they worked as an editor at NPR and MTV News, a reporter at Teen Vogue and VICE News, and as a stablehand at a mini-horse farm. You can follow them on Twitter @christianna_j(opens in a new tab).

Recommended For You
European Commission staff are banned from using TikTok

U.S. threatens TikTok ban unless Chinese owners sell stake

Everything you need to know about the TikTok ban in the U.S.

Montana legislature passes TikTok ban

More in Tech
Google Bard introduces new features for generating and debugging code

Why you should consider going green with your gadgets this Earth Day and every day
By Mashable BrandX and HP

Rihanna, Taylor Swift among the few celebrities paying Twitter to keep their blue checkmarks

Avast show us what to expect In 2023 and how to stay safe

Trending on Mashable

'Wordle' today: Here's the answer, hints for April 21

Dril and other Twitter power users begin campaign to 'Block the Blue' paid checkmarks

How to remove Snapchat's My AI from your Chat feed

The biggest stories of the day delivered to your inbox.
By signing up to the Mashable newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from Mashable that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content.
Thanks for signing up. See you at your inbox!