TikTok launches consumer awareness initiative to drive responsible online conduct, #WaitASecToReflect

Short-form video platform TikTok said on Tuesday it was launching an awareness campaign to sensitise India’s growing digital population about safe and responsible use of user-generated content platforms. TikTok said the campaign, titled #WaitASecToReflect, has been developed with the mission to inspire users to pause for a second and think about their online conduct.

TikTok said it has also partnered with the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to execute a digital literacy programme focused on the usage of user generated content platforms. For its first phase, DEF will conduct awareness workshops among consumers across key cities in 10 states of India.. “As internet penetration grows at a rapid pace across india, the need to drive awareness around safe user behaviour is felt like never before. We believe that #WaitASecToReflect will encourage all digital citizens to use the internet and online platforms in a more responsible, respectful and constructive manner. As part of our commitment to India’s growing digital community, we are delighted to forge a collaboration with the Digital Empowerment Foundation who will help us get our message to the last mile,” said Nitin Saluja, director of Public Policy (India), TikTok.

Osama Manzar, founder director, Digital Empowerment Foundation added, “The internet today is dominated by youth from smaller towns across the country; many of whom are experiencing the digital world for the first time through their smartphones. This ease of access to the connected world can be immensely empowering, if channelised in the right way. The aim of our partnership with TikTok is to build a conscious community of digital natives who will help spread the message of creating a safe and positive online environment. With this partnership, we look forward to further our mission of informing and educating the youth about responsible online conduct.”

TikTok said through the one month long campaign, it aims to reach users pan-India. In addition to the three films, the campaign also features a radio jingle and an in-app challenge based on "Bura na post karo, Bura na share karo, Bura na comment karo (Post no evil, share no evil, comment no evil).