Children at TikTok will face new, “revolutionary” restrictions, the company said, announcing strict rules for under-16s.
TikTok said that users under the age of 16 will no longer be able to receive comments from strangers, that their videos will no longer be able to be used for duets or mark their posts as available for download. Their accounts will be private by default, which will prevent anyone but friends from watching their videos.
The company is also changing the default settings in the app for users under the age of 18. If they don’t change the settings themselves, their videos will also be unavailable for download, and only friends will be able to record duets.
“Today’s revolutionary changes represent the next step in our mission to ensure that TikTok is a secure platform for all our users,” said Alexandra Evans, European Director of TikTok’s Child Safety Service, recalling earlier changes they had made, including restricting direct messaging and hosting live broadcasts for users under the age of 16 and allowing parents to set up protections for their children’s TikTok account through the Family Pairing feature.
The changes will affect tens of millions of the youngest users of TikTok, both existing and newly registered accounts. They will be notified of the changes, which the company said were “aimed at achieving higher default standards for user privacy and security”.
Although the new settings do not solve all the problems, it is expected that fewer children will communicate with people they do not know.
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