TikTok Algorithm in Spotlight as TikTok Employees Role in Viral Content Selection


By: Aizaz Khan

January 22, 2022

Some US employees of TikTok have the ability to boost videos to "introduce celebrities and emerging creators to the TikTok community.


Allows for Selective Video Boosting The feature is called "Heating" and it can be used to put selected videos onto users' For You pages.

TikTok's "Heating" Feature:


According to a spokesperson for TikTok, increasing views to particular videos isn’t the only reason for heating, they also "promote some videos to help diversify the content experience

TikTok's Video Boosting Aims to Diversify Content Experience:


Heated videos don’t come with a label to show that they’ve been boosted by TikTok, they appear like any other videos that the algorithm would’ve selected for you.

Heated Videos Lack Labeling:


According to internal document obtained by Forbes, heated videos reportedly make up “around 1-2 percent” of “total daily video views.

Heated Videos Make Up 1-2% of Daily Views:

TikTok's lack of transparency around heating makes it hard to tell which videos got to the top organically

Unfair Advantage for Certain Creators:

Creators might lose interest in the platform if their videos underperform compared to ones that are being boosted The report comes as TikTok is facing heavy competition from platforms like YouTube and Instagram.