Why is my TikTok under review? Video posting error frustrates users

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Several TikTok users are being affected by frustrating ‘under review’ messages when trying to upload a video, with new posts stuck at zero views and some wondering whether they’ve been shadow banned.

If you’re serious about TikTok and picking up a following, uploading a video can take some serious time and effort. You’ve got to make sure everything from the timing of the music to the background is spot on before letting it fly.

Of course, things can and do go wrong at times, as not everything is under your control. TikTok errors are rare but when they pop up, they can be annoying to deal with.

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Recently, many users have found that their posts are being reviewed more regularly by TikTok, causing uploads to become slow or not happen at all. Though, unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a clear way to fix it.

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TikTok is under review error message

If you’re being hit with the TikTok under review message, it usually means that something has been flagged – typically violence in the video, blood, or misinformation on a sensitive topic.

Though, reviews sometimes happen on videos that shouldn’t trip these checks. Even Charli D’Amelio experienced these issues back in February 2022, alongside plenty of other people who claimed their videos were unfairly being put under review by TikTok.

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It’s not clear why exactly this problem crops up every now and then, and may even be attributed to a bug. You can try restarting the TikTok app to see if the message goes away and your video returns to normal, however, if the issue lies with TikTok itself, you may just have to wait until they fix it internally.

(Note: If you delete the app, it will also delete all of your drafts.)

Video is being processed TikTok error

Similarly, the ‘video is being processed’ error has popped up around the same time as the ‘TikTok under review’ message, causing frustration for some.

It’s pretty much the same thing, where either your video or the TikTok app is bugged out and posts aren’t uploading. This can be because your speed is preventing it from being uploaded or the TikTok servers are struggling.

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Again, there isn’t a real fix for the problem but you can try restarting your app to see if that gives it a nudge. If not, you’ll just have to wait and see if the post finally uploads. If it doesn’t, just try again.


If the errors persist, you may have to contact TikTok support to see if there is something affecting your account. 2022-10-19

Though that should be an incredibly rare situation and your videos should post without issue before long.