Short video service TikTok has announced tougher rules for users under 18. The developers have limited their ability to interact with other account holders and content. Writes about this TechCrunch.
The accounts for children between the ages of 13 and 15 will now be set to personal by default. This means that TikTok will disable the ability to recommend this profile to third-party users, and account owners will have to manually approve all “friends”. For the rest, access to the content of the child’s account will be closed.
In addition, the developers will limit the interaction of such accounts. The social network removed the options for duets, “stitching” (inserting fragments of other people’s videos into their own) and downloading videos for them. The ability to comment on publications will also be limited – only “friends” will be able to comment on them, unless the user disables comments in the settings.
For account holders aged 16 to 17, duets and “stitching” will remain available, but only for “friends”. Downloading their videos will not be available by default, but they can change this option if they wish.
The Parents and Teachers Association (PTA), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and several other organizations have responded positively to the change in social media rules. They believe this will make social media safer for teens.
This is not the first TikTok restriction for users under the age of 18. The social network limited their ability to directly exchange messages, post live broadcasts, and much more. In addition, the company has added the Family Pairing parental control option to the application.
In the case of TikTok, it is especially important for developers to control content among children, because teenagers have a large audience. According to the company, 41% of the site’s users are between 16 and 24 years old, and in the USA this figure reaches 60%.
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