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What does Fake Body mean on TikTok?

The hashtag has popped up on the social media platform more prominently in recent weeks, but what does #FakeBody on TikTok mean?
What does Fake Body mean on TikTok?

Going viral on TikTok can happen without users even trying. Why the video of a man dancing to Nelly Furtado's Say It Right in front of his bathroom mirror, with no hashtags or following any popular trends accrued over 426 million views is anyone's guess.

Still, plenty of content creators stick to what's popular while trying to maximize their reach by adding hashtags and using trending audios to captivate an audience either directly or in a more passive way. The correct usage of all tools TikTok gives creators can make your video simply pop up on a user's "for you" page (which is why you'll see basically every creator add the #ForYou tag) and well, the sky's the limit.

There's one peculiar hashtag that's caught the eye of millions of users: #FakeBody. We've seen certain users who deal with situations that are perhaps unsuited for all audiences add warning tags, even cosplayers usually add specific hashtags to let the TikTok algorithm know that they might be using props (maybe fake guns or blood) for their content.

What's the #FakeBody hashtag on TikTok for?

TikTok FakeBody hashtag
The #FakeBody hashtag leads to some risque content. (Picture: TikTok)

Following similar reasoning to other hashtags of the like, #FakeBody aims to trick the TikTok algorithm into thinking videos are using artificial bodies in content that might be suited or targeted for more mature audiences.

This will let users avoid getting their content flagged for breaking the platform's community guidelines and potentially removed from TikTok.

The #FakeBody hashtag can be seen more often than not in risque videos uploaded to TikTok, as many creators use the platform to attract interest to outside content on other platforms.

Most of the content utilizing the #FakeBody hashtag on TikTok is undeniably sexual, without being explicit. The community guidelines state that even a slight hint at foul activities can be enough to warrant a video takedown and even an account suspension.

The hashtag is used to trick TikTok takedown bots. (Picture: TikTok)

"We do not allow depictions, including digitally created or manipulated content, of nudity or sexual activity. We are mindful that some content may be offensive or culturally inappropriate in certain regions or may not be suitable for users of all ages."

Still, if users are not comfortable with some of the content, they can report it and TikTok will manually revise the video to see if the creators broke any rules depicted within the guidelines.

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Featured image courtesy of TikTok.