TikTok announced yesterday that the default privacy settings for all user accounts between the ages of 13 and 15 will be changed to private. Users must approve friends who want to follow their account and watch their videos. The possibility of making their account public is always available.
“We want our young users to be able to make informed choices about what they choose to share and with whom. ” Eric Han, U.S. security manager at TikTok, said in a blog post.
TikTok has also changed the comment settings so that users can only choose between friends or turn off comments altogether. Even though an account is public, the ability for anyone to comment has been removed.
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The app’s Duet and Stitch features, which allow users to reply and embed other users’ videos into theirs, are disabled for users under 16. For users aged 16 to 17, the default settings for using these features are friends. .
In addition, TikTok completely removes the ability to download videos from users under the age of 16. Users will only be able to upload videos created by users aged 16 and over. The default settings for downloading 16-17 year old videos will be disabled, unless they decide to enable it.
These changes are in addition to other privacy measures introduced by TikTok, including restricting direct messaging and live streaming to users over the age of 16, as well as restricting the sending and receiving of virtual gifts. to users over 18 years old.