When a young teen signs up for TikTok, their account will now be more private by default. TikTok said today that it has updated the default settings for users aged 13 to 15 by restricting who can see and comment on their videos. Only users they add as friends will be able to watch their videos, and their account will not be offered to other users.
TikTok will also completely disable the option to allow anyone to comment on these users’ videos, even if they make their account public. Users between the ages of 13 and 15 will only be able to allow their friends to comment on their videos or turn off comments altogether.
For users between 16 and 17, TikTok disables the ability to download their default videos and restricts Duet and Stitch features to their friends only.
The tweak package should be added to TikTok, which is more secure for the youngest users. These users can still use TikTok the way anyone else can, but the app does more to protect these users and their videos from the community at large.
In the last year, TikTok has gradually added more privacy controls to teen accounts. In 2020, the app began allowing parents to remotely set limits on a child’s account, and later began allowing parents to change their child’s privacy settings as well. TikTok also disables direct messaging for users under 16.
All of this is a significant reversal of the way TikTok’s predecessor handles children’s accounts. TikTok had to pay $ 5.7 million in 2019 to resolve claims that the older Musical.ly app had not received parental approval for children under 13. TikTok now has a separate app called “TikTok for younger users” that only shows selected videos.