A guide to OSINT Investigation and Research on TikTok.

This guide will demonstrate how OSINT practitioners can conduct Research and Investigations on TikTok, to identify users and extract data suitable for evidential presentation. I will be demonstrating solutions utilising both TikTok and sites using the TikTok API, as well as additional sources to present Intelligence. At the end of the guide, you will know how to extract user data, profile pictures, videos and who has commented on videos, as well as a user's network (who follows them and who they follow).


Locating a Profile by Username

To present Intelligence from TikTok, you will first have to locate a relevant user profile. This can be done via a few methods. If you already have Intelligence that provides you with a TikTok username, then this is easy. Simply enter in the URL: https://www.tiktok.com/@Username. For this demonstration, this could be https://www.tiktok.com/@terrycrews to link directly to the profile of Terry Crews. Alternatively, if you need to find a user without their Username, then you can search via the API on one of the two options explained below.