TikTok users can choose to add audio clips to their videos, anyone can reuse audio from an existing video. The audio could be music, clips from movies, sounds and user-generated audio. It’s common for users to mimic and reuse audio from other videos.
Our team was able to find sample audio clips which featured adult language, sexually explicit words, lyrics, actions and phrases. They were also able to track down music that is unsuitable for children. One example included the words, “If you want to see me naked, all you have to do is ask”.
Some of this content might be distressing, or shocking to children who could be exposed to it while using the app. It could also promote harmful attitudes toward sex, relationships and body image. There are also concerns about its impact on the unhealthy sexual development of younger children, showing content beyond a child or young person’s development stage.