All TikTok users aged under 16 will have their accounts automatically set to private because the app introduces a series of measures to child security
All TikTok users aged under 16 will have their accounts automatically set to private because the app introduces a series of measures to enhance child security.

Authorized followers only can comment on short-videos from these TikTok accounts. Users will also be kept away from downloading any videos created by under-16s.

TikTok stated it hoped the modifications would encourage younger users to “actively interact in their online privacy journey. We hope to encourage them to take an active role and make clear and informed decisions,” head of privacy Elaine Fox stated.

Those aged between 13 to 15 will have the ability to approve "friends" for comments and select whether to make the video contents public. However, these accounts will also not be "suggested" to other active users on the application.

The accounts of 16 and 17-year-old users will prevent others from downloading their video contents - but the youngsters will have the power to turn off this restriction.

As well as, TikTok is changing this age group's default settings to permit only their chosen friends to "duet" alongside them - the name given to a facility that enables a person to record themselves in a clip then played adjacent to an earlier recording, so they can be watched simultaneously.

TikTok users will not be permitted to duet with videos made by under-16s. TikTok already has many settings in place to guard its youthful users, including:
  • limiting direct messaging and live streams to over-16s
  • restricting the buying, selling, and receiving of "digital/virtual gifts" to adult users.
  • enabling parents and caregivers to have greater control, with linked accounts permitting them ultimate power
The NSPCC charity welcomed the brand new “bold package of measures”, saying it would cut back opportunities for groomers to contact kids.

“It comes as abusers are benefiting from the pandemic to focus on children spending more time online," head of child-safety online policy Andy Burrows stated, "And we urge other platforms to be similarly proactive.”
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