TikTok is introducing new settings and controls to better protect its teenage users.
New privacy protections have been announced by the video-sharing social networking service for its users who are under 18.
The accounts registered with users of this age group will have their privacy configuration defaulted to private, as per the announcement. It implies that only the approved followers of the user can view their videos.
The settings can also be changed to the public manually so that, according to the statement, their videos are visible to all.
“We can allow them to make more intentional decisions about their online privacy by engaging them early in their privacy journey,” the release reads.
Other changes include limiting the comments section to friends-only or no one at all for users aged 13-15 and allowing video downloads for users aged 16-17 only. On Friends alone, they will also have their default setting.
The app also builds on previous updates to promote the safety of young people, including restricting direct messaging and hosting users 16 and over with live streams.
TikTok will restrict users 18 and over from purchasing, sending or receiving virtual gifts, and allow a Family Pairing feature that allows parents/guardians to set guardrails on videos of their teen.
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