By: Arjun Narayan, Director - Trust & Safety, APAC, TikTok
At TikTok, we want every member of our community to feel comfortable and confident expressing themselves exactly as they are. Being true to yourself is not only encouraged but celebrated on our platform, and this week we're rolling out new features to encourage body inclusivity and support users who may be struggling with an eating disorder.
New in-app support resources
People come to TikTok to express themselves authentically and find community. We're constantly inspired by stories of our community members lifting up one another and supporting those who are affected by body image and eating disorders. To aid these conversations, we're introducing new resources to provide access to help from expert organizations directly from our app.
Starting this week, when a user searches for #edrecovery #proana or phrases related to eating disorders, we'll provide access to resources we developed with eating disorders experts. These resources provide tips on how to identify negative self-talk, think about one's own positive attributes and strengths, or support a friend who may be struggling.
Promoting #NEDAwareness and body inclusivity
To support our community all year, over the coming weeks we'll introduce permanent public service announcements (PSAs) on hashtags like #whatieatinaday #emotionaleatingtips #bingerecovery and others aimed at driving awareness or fostering support around recovery and those affected by eating disorders.
Always striving to improve
Going forward, we will continue to develop new ways to support our community. We aim to bring compassion and support to survivors and others who may be struggling or looking for community on our platform. We will keep working to refine our policy against content promoting or glorifying eating disorders, improve our ability to identify harmful content so that it can be quickly removed, and develop creative ways to advocate for our community. We're grateful to learn from experts and our community along the way.