If you are a popular creator in TikTok then you might have faced an issue of “video under review” in TikTok. Since TikTok has a lot of young users (below 16) and also lots of popular creators, video-reviewing is quite common. The popular creators will see their videos being reviewed more often before being uploaded. This is TikTok’s way of guaranteeing parents that their kids won’t see offensive and disturbing content. This also prevents impersonation which most of the popular creators have to face.
We know that TikTok’s BOT or AI is responsible for keeping your video under review.
But why exactly is your TikTok video under review?
It’s because TikTok doesn’t want users to post harmful content to their platform. So, to ensure your post doesn’t violate TikTok’s community guidelines, TikTok sometimes reviews your content before it’s shared on their platform.
To ensure yours doesn’t get under review, always follow their guidelines.
- Don’t post adult/pornographic content,
- Never post videos that reflect Violence (crime),
- Don’t upload content that belongs to another creator,
- Never perform spam activities,
- Never violate any of TikTok’s community guidelines.
Now, we will be looking at why your video is under review in detail and what can you do. I will discuss the possible solutions and also some basic preventive measures that will be helpful in the long run. So let’s get started.
What Does “Video Under Review” Mean?
The “video under review” is TikTok’s way of locking your video or preventing it from getting any more traffic. TikTok has the ultimate authority to take down and permanently remove any video that violates the community guidelines. But when any of your posts just approaches the boundaries of community guidelines without violating them then TikTok keeps your videos under review.
TikTok’s BOT or AI is responsible for keeping your video under review. When the AI detects lots of skin, any weapons, abusive words in a video, caption, or hashtags then it will put your video under review. This doesn’t necessarily happen just after uploading a video. An old video with lots of traffic can also suddenly go under review if lots of people start reporting it. So we can say that putting your video under review is a way of shadow-banning or ghost-banning your video.
What Happens When Your TikTok Video Is Under Review?
When your video is under review you won’t get notified. If you have posted the video a long time ago then you will certainly never know about it. But if the video is recently uploaded, then you might notice some unusual changes.
The View Count Freezes
No matter how popular the video is, when it goes under review, the view count freezes. If you have just uploaded the video and the AI detects something wrong then it gets stuck on 0 views. This is probably the first sign many people will notice. This has a great impact on many creators especially if the video is advertised. You put all your hard work into a video and because of a small mistake, no one will see it anymore. Even if you continue watching your video yourself, the view count still won’t go up.
But this doesn’t always mean that your video is under review. Sometimes this problem can arise because of low follower count and inactive followers too.
Unable To Share
When you click on the “three dots” option on your video and try copying the link or sharing the video to other platforms, you will face an error. It will display a message “Your video is under review and cant be shared right now”. This is the most accurate sign showing that your video is under review. When your video is under review, you won’t be able to share it with anyone. This is justTikTok’s other way of preventing incoming traffic in the video.
Doesn’t Appear On Others FYP
If your video is under review then surely it violates some rules and might be unappealing to some users. So to prevent other users from seeing such content, your under-review video will not feature in other users’ For You page. It will not even appear on the post-feed of the users that are following you. The only person who will be able to see your under-reviewed video is yourself. But still, the view count won’t go up.
Even after facing all these problems, sometimes your video will never get deleted nor be reviewed. Even after the AI has detected some negative aspects in the video, the video will never reach the officials and the shadow-ban might never be uplifted. But usually, your video will be reviewed under two days or 48 hours.
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5 Reasons on Why Is My TikTok Video Under Review?
There can be various reasons behind the video under review in TikTok. Some can be serious and even lead to video deletion and account ban. Whereas sometimes this might just be an error from TikTok. Let’s have a look at some of the common reasons:
TikTok’s AI scans your video before uploading and making it public. While scanning, if it detects a lot of skin then it directly deduces that the video has adult content. This might sound silly but this is how AI works. Sometimes TikTok can even keep your video under review if it has a kissing scene or clip. Believe it or not, this might come in really handy if you have children on TikTok and don’t want their post-feed filled with adult content.
Violence Shown In Videos
If your video contains or promotes violence and self-harm or suicides then it is most likely to go under review. Since there are a lot of users under 16 years of age, this can have quite a bad impact. Sometimes the use of guns and knives in a video can also put it under review. Videos containing or promoting blood-shed, animal cruelty, criminal organizations, etc.
Video Violates Other Community Guidelines
Before uploading any video, go through the community guidelines at least once. This is a set of rules containing what not to post on TikTok. If any of your videos violate these community guidelines then they might be kept under review if not permanently taken down.
Video Belongs To Another Creator
Many TikTok creators see re-uploading as an easy way to gain more views. Some of them just simply download popular videos ad re-upload them. This is a clear case of copyright infringement. So, the owner of the IP(Intellectual Property) has the right to put the video down. This usually goes unnoticed in TikTok. But if the re-uploaded video gains more popularity than the original one then the original creator might report your video and it might go under review.
Some people use unnecessary and irrelevant hashtags in their posts. This is mainly done for advertising purposes and to increase popularity. Also, any videos showing methods of artificially increasing views, likes, followers, shares, or comments are considered spam. Tiktok also restricts any attempts to exploit platform mechanisms to increase interaction. Hence, if your video has any of this stuff, it is more like to be put under review.
The Possible Solutions
There are two things that you can do after your video goes under review. The first is to wait patiently for almost a week. Usually, TikTok only takes 48 hours to review your video and informs you if it is taken down or made public. But sometimes it might take a little longer and you can wait for a week.
On the other hand, many people never get a response from TikTok. Their video remains under review forever and neither gets reviewed nor removed. In this case, you can write a report to TikTok regarding the problem. Follow these steps and report the problem of “video under review” to TikTok:
- Click on the profile icon at the lower right corner of your screen.
- After tapping on the 3-dots at the top right corner, you will be redirected to “settings and privacy“.
- Scroll down and under the “support” section tap on “Report a problem“.
- In the top right corner, you will see a pen-pad icon that allows you to type your specific problem.
- Type your problem regarding this topic and also include pictures if necessary.
- Finally, hit the “report” option and let the TikTok support team handle the rest for you.
If you do not have access to the app you can also report the problem to their email address, [email protected].
After your report has been submitted and if TikTok acknowledges it then the further process will be carried out through email.
There is also one last thing you can do but we are not sure if this works 100% of the time. The solution is simple: if you know what got you into trouble in the first place then get rid of that thing. For example, if you think the unnecessary hashtags or caption in your post is the thing keeping your video under review then change it. If you think a part of your video violates the guidelines then delete the video, edit the part out, and re-upload it. This might solve your problem. But if things are more complicated then follow the steps that I have mentioned above.
What Can I Do To Prevent This?
A basic rule that applies to almost anything is “prevention is better than cure”. You can apply this to your way of uploading content on social media platforms including TikTok. If should always follow certain rules to be on the safe side.
Use TikTok’s Editor More Often
When people rely on the “upload” option rather than recording a video in the app itself then things go wrong. You must always prioritize TikTok’s inbuilt editor and recorder to make videos. But if you want to include complex dubs, edits, and transitions then TikTok’ editor might not be a good option. There are better apps and software for that. Only consider these third-party apps in extreme situations.
Use Your Own Content
TikTok is a fair platform and even your lipsyncing ability can make you go viral. While some people have seen success with re-uploading, some have faced heavy consequences too.
So there is no point in re-uploading viral content. Take your time and use better devices for sounds and lights. Try to be as original as possible. This might prevent your video from being under review.
Try Not No Violate The Community Guidelines
TikTok is a large community and the number of active users is increasing day by day. In order to keep these users interested and unoffended, TikTok can take any measures. Sometimes these measures can be as light as putting your video under review but sometimes your account might get banned. Hence, it is important to ensure that your video doesn’t violate any of TikTok’s community guidelines.
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All in all, by putting your video under review, TikTok is basically shadow-banning you and it is no big deal. TikTok usually will uplift the ban in 2 to 3 days and your video will be back. You can also prevent this from happening by making sure that your TikTok video doesn’t offend anyone. Although there is no accurate way of recovering your video if it just remains under review forever, you can always report the problem.
I think I have included everything that you need to know about a TikTok video under review. I hope you will follow all the community guidelines and try to prevent this issue. Any feedback or recommendations will be heartily welcomed in the comment sections below.