TikTok is one of the networks preferred by minors. For this reason, the privacy laws and conditions of use of the service must be looked at closely. Now, the social network has announced news to protect the privacy and security of minors, including limits to share content.
As of today, TikTok has announced that all user accounts that have between 13 and 15 years will change the configuration they have by default. Thus, these accounts will automatically become private TikTok accounts, so that only people approved as followers by the user will be able to see their videos. This option can be changed if we want it, but by default the safest one will be active, and then it will be the users who will decide with whom they want to share their content by opening the account to public visits.
Comments, downloads and limited features for minors
Although it is chosen that the content is public, comments will now be limited to all under 16 years old. Thus, the option that anyone can comment on the videos is eliminated, and only “Friends” or “Nobody” can be chosen to comment.
There are also changes in the settings of TikTok Duo and Paste. From now on, these features will only be available to those over 16 years of age. And those 16 or 17-year-olds will default to “Friends” for those roles.
Another change that comes is a new limit to video downloads. From now on, only content created by users over 16 can be downloaded. The rest can decide whether or not they want their videos to be downloaded. For 16 and 17 year old users, the feature will be disabled by default, and they will have to activate it manually.
To all this is added that the option of «recommend your account to others»Will be disabled by default for users between 13 and 15 years old.
TikTok has been implementing changes for a while
These have been the only changes that TikTok has implemented to improve the privacy of minors, since in previous updates they have limited other functions. For example, minors under the age of 16 cannot use the Direct messages and they cannot broadcast live either. There are also restrictions on buying, sending and receiving virtual gifts for those under 18 years of age, and a mode of Family Synchronization so that parents and guardians can manage the experience of minors in the app.
Going forward, TikTok will manage the data of all European users from Ireland from 2022, as the law prevents them from storing data from Europeans outside the EU territory.