TikTok’s determination to clean up its sources now includes significant limitations to its application for teen audiences. It is a social video service limiting visibility of teen videos, and the most restrictions apply to the youngest users. Teenagers aged 13 to 15 are set as private by default and will have to decide who can see the video when it is first posted. They will have this option for any video they post outside of it and will not have access to the Duet or Stitch features.
Older teens will also see the limitations. By default, TikTok will turn off Direct Messages for 16- and 17-year-olds joining the service for the first time and ask existing users to review their settings if they haven’t tried DMs before. The company will also double-check before these older teens allow you to download their videos.
The social media giant will also try to promote healthy usage habits. Notifications will be turned off for teens under 16 starting at 9pm local time, while 16- and 17-year-olds will receive alerts until 10pm. This will theoretically help teens calm down, not to mention the late-night discouragement harassment.
TikTok stressed that there is no “goal” for privacy and security efforts, and that there will be more in the coming months. The focus, however, is clear – TikTok does not want stories about teenagers facing bullies, creeps and other bullies who found them through public videos and spam. In theory, the limitations provide a gentler introduction to TikTok that helps younger audiences understand the consequences of their actions.
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