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What does Mutuals mean on TikTok?

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As new social media platforms take over the internet, they bring a whole new vocabulary with themselves. Platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Twitch and TikTok are spearheading this new lingo transformation.  

In this article, we’re taking a look at what ‘Mutuals’ means on TikTok and where you can use the term? 

Also read: Why is my TikTok not working?

What does Mutuals actually mean? 

The term essentially refers to people you follow (and they follow you back) and interact with online. Whenever you’re talking about a ‘mutual’ on TikTok (or any other such platforms that use the term), you’re referring to your internet friends. 

TikTok isn’t the only platform this term is used on either. You’ll come across a bunch of tweets from teenagers mentioning the term on Twitter — where it carries the same meaning.  

Not only this, the term ‘mutuals’ has been further shortened to ‘moots’. As weird as that might sound, not just the word itself but also the fact that it’s slang for slang, it’s used pretty commonly on TikTok and other platforms common amongst teenagers and Gen-Z.  

So if you find yourself doing just about anything online with a friend that you’ve only known through the particular platform, you’re both ‘mutually’ participating in the said activity and hence are ‘mutuals’ on that platform, be it TikTok, Twitter or something like Instagram or Twitch.  

Also read: What does CC mean on TikTok?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: