TikTok, the popular video-sharing application, has been accused of ignoring the US’s federal children’s online privacy law and not protecting the privacy of children on the service for a while now.
The Duet and Stitch will only be available on content created by users age 16 and over only. For users aged 16-17, the default setting for Duet and Stitch will now be set to Friends. Similarly, downloads will be allowed only on videos uploaded by users 16 and over. Individuals will only have an option to choose between friends or no one for their account. The “everyone” comment setting is being removed.
Other features that are only available to users ages 16 and above are:
- Setting ‘Suggest your account to others’.
- Direct messaging and hosting live streams.
- Buying, sending and receiving virtual gifts (18 and above).
Younger users will be able to make informed choices about what and with whom they choose to share, which includes whether they want to open their account to public views. By engaging them early in their privacy journey, we can enable them to make more deliberate decisions about their online privacy.