What Is the 'Sundress Challenge'? TikTok Bans It for Violating Guidelines

With the weather starting to warm up and summer just around the corner, lots of people are sensing an opportunity to wear a trusty sundress again.

However, many may be slightly put off the garment when they hear about a recent TikTok ban.

The so-called "sundress challenge" is not simply about donning your favorite floaty frock and showing it off online. Alas, it is far more risqué and unsavory.

Shockingly, it reportedly involved having sex in public places, such as a park, field or beach.

Newsweek has not seen any TikTok posts using the phrase "sundress challenge," and has contacted TikTok for comment. However, many have discussed it on Twitter.

Public sexual activity is unlawful in most states, which is no doubt one of the reasons behind the TikTok ban.

Some state laws explicitly criminalize public sexual activity, while others laws are broader, according to criminaldefenselawyer.com.

Currently, attempts to type in the word "sundress" into the search bar on the video sharing site are met with a message that reads: "This phrase may be associated with behavior or content that violates our guidelines.

"Promoting a safe and positive experience is TikTok's top priority. For more information, we invite you to review our Community Guidelines."

Written in the social media app's guidelines, it says: "We strive to create a platform that feels welcoming and safe.

"We do not allow nudity, pornography, or sexually explicit content on our platform.

"We also prohibit content depicting or supporting non-consensual sexual acts, the sharing of non-consensual intimate imagery, and adult sexual solicitation."

Despite the ban, this has not stopped many taking to Twitter to discuss it.

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A stock image of a woman wearing a yellow sundress. A phrase has been banned on TikTok for violating guidelines. iStock

One Twitter user, @EmotionIessBruh, wrote: "Girlfriend said she'd do the sundress challenge. Life's not so bad."

Another person, @wiktoriafedak, tweeted: "I wanna participate in the "see how many places u can do it in with your bf in a sundress" challenge this summer but i'm missing the bf part [sic]."

A third, @lysworley, added: "who's trying to do the sundress challenge with me this summer?"

While a fourth, @crystall_bby, commented: "I'd like to remind you lot that doing the sundress challenge anywhere that is a public place is not only very illegal and gross..."

In TikTok's latest transparency report, which covers the second half of 2020 from July 1 - December 31, it was revealed that they had removed 89,132,938 videos globally.

This is less that one percent of the videos on their site. In the U.S. alone, 11,775,777 were taken off the app.