One month after federal regulators ordered it to disclose how its behavior affects children and young people, TikTok is strengthening privacy protection measures for people under 18.

Starting Wednesday, the default privacy settings for users between the ages of 13 and 15 will become private. This means that only people approved by the user as followers can watch their videos, which was previously the case. However, teenagers can still change this setting to public as needed.

Older teenagers will not see this default setting change. For users who are 16 or 17 years old, the default setting that allows people to download videos they create is now “off” instead of “on.”

TikTok also prevents users from downloading videos created by people under the age of 15. People in this age group will also see direct messaging restricted and will not be able to host live streams.

TikTok is very popular among teenagers and young children. A feature of TikTok aimed at young users can provide pre-selected “age-appropriate” videos. Musica.ly, the predecessor of TikTok, added this feature after it resolved the FTC’s allegations of illegally collecting personal information from children. The company also agreed to pay US$5.7 million (approximately Rs 4,170 crore).

At the same time, a tool called “family matching” allows parents to link their TikTok accounts with teens to enable content and privacy settings.

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission asked TikTok’s parent company and Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and five other social media companies to provide information about how they collect and use consumer personal data and how their behavior affects children and young people. details of.

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TikTok users will be asked to enter their birthday when registering for the service, but, like other social media platforms, there is no real verification to ensure its accuracy.


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