TikTok pulls posts for weight loss drugs that reached kids


TikTok allowed content promoting prescription drugs as weight loss aids to reach teenagers, according to a report by The Pharmaceutical Journal.

The journal set up a new TikTok account, indicating to the platform that the user was a 16-year-old girl and began searching for content under hashtag dietpills, looking closely at the top 100 posts. Of the 100 videos, researchers found that nearly a third promoted diet pills for weight loss.

In 2020, the company updated its policies by banning ads for fasting apps and weight loss supplements and limiting ads for “weight management products” to users 18 and up.