Sept. 23 (UPI) — TikTok on Wednesday banned advertisements for fasting apps and weight loss supplements from its social media platform, citing the need to keep users safe from “harmful content and behavior.”
The short-form video app also moved to restrict ads it says “promote a harmful and negative body image.”
“As a society, weight stigma and body shaming pose both individual and cultural challenges, and we know that the Internet, if left unchecked, has the risk of exacerbating such issues,” TikTok U.S. Safety Policy Manager Tara Wadhwa wrote in a blog post.
“That’s why we’re focused on working to safeguard our community from harmful content and behavior while supporting an inclusive — and body-positive — environment.”
The company said it’s concerned frequents ads for such products have a negative effect on teenage users — who comprise a good share of TikTok’s 49 million U.S. users.
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