What is Alt TikTok and how is it different to Straight TikTok?

Addison Rae’s viral dance routines appear on Straight TikTok (Picture: Ge tty)

There are videos about literally everything on TikTok, but if you’re seeing videos about art, fashion and queer life, you might be on Alt TikTok – find out more as part of’s Pride Week.

The social media platform gains headlines for the Hype House’s high production values and Charli D’Amelio’s dances, but there’s a different side to the app, too.

For the LGBT+ community – or other groups generally considered ‘alternative’ – their FYP (‘For You’ page) can look a whole lot different.

But what exactly is Alt TikTok?

What is Alt TikTok?

Alt TikTok is ‘filled with punks, people who love music, fashion and all that other artsy stuff, alt people, gay people, and goths’ according to Urban Dictionary.

‘There’s no hype house, no verified creators, no cringe, and no thirst traps.’

Charli and Dixie D’Amelio will likely pop up on Straight TikTok (Picture: Getty)

Every medium seems to have their alt spaces, and TikTok is no exception.

Think weird, arty, chaotic in-jokes from video-makers less interested in gaining fame than other more traditional creators – often talking about sexuality or subcultures.

Absurd humour is key, too. Have you seen a clip of Kermit flying around a room on a ceiling fan, bathed in red light? Or videos of people imagining what they would look like if they were straight? That’s Alt TikTok.

Creators on Alt Tiktok depict their straight counterparts as boring, bland, and uninspiring.

In a video with 475,000 likes, a user mimes altered lyrics to Doja Cat’s ‘Cyber Sex’ as an example of Straight TikTok. The music shifts to Alt Tiktok anthem ‘Ameno’ by Hatsune Miku, and we see Elmo on fire, Barack Obama, and a banana.

Accounts you might have come across include:


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Straight TikTok is, well, more straightforward.

It’s the videos you imagine when you think about TikTok – dances, challenges, and lip-syncs from big accounts.

Urban dictionary defines these clips as ‘mostly HypeHouse, dances, and povs’ – so if your For You Page is full of Addison Rae and viral choreography, you’re probably seeing the Straight TikTok algorithm.

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