TikTok implemented several privacy and security measures on Wednesday to protect its users under the age of 18.
The default privacy setting for all registered accounts for users aged 13 to 15 has been set to Private, which means that only people approved by those users can see their videos.
The comment setting for this age group to allow anyone to comment on their videos has been removed, meaning users 13-15 have a choice of friends or no one.
Videos can now only be downloaded from creators aged 16 and over. While all users can decide whether or not to allow downloads of their videos, the default for these 16 and 17 will be disabled.
The “Suggest your account to others” setting will be disabled by default for users 13-15.
These moves follow on from previous TikTok updates, including: direct messaging and live hosting for users 16 and over; restrict the buying, sending and receiving of the integrated application virtual gifts) persons 18 years of age and over; and allow parents and guardians to set guidelines through TikTok Family twinning functionality.
Chief of American Security Eric Han wrote in a blog post on Wednesday: “We know there is no finish line when it comes to protecting users and their privacy, and our investment in this important area will not end there. . We will continue to evolve our policies, work closely with regulators and minor security experts, and invest in our technology and our people so that TikTok remains a safe place for everyone to express their creativity.