TikTok has announced interesting news in its community standards aimed at strengthen the privacy and security of users youngest of the social network.
The accounts of users under 15 years of age on TikTok will become private by default
In this sense, as of today, all accounts that belong to users between 13 and 15 years old will change their settings automatically and will become private by default. Thus, only those people who are approved as “followers” will be able to see the content that is published on the accounts of the youngest.
If you prefer that your accounts remain public and that any TikTok user can access your content, you can change the default status from private to public, without problem. But it will be a decision that they will have to make proactively.
It is not the only change that has been announced to the way it is protect the privacy of younger users on TikTok. For example, the options for commenting on videos created by minors under 16 are tightened. From now on, users will be able to choose between “Friends” or “Nobody” in the configuration of “who can comment on your videos”, but they will not be able to select the option “Everyone” as it happens in the videos of people over 16 years old. . Also, for 16 and 17 year old users, the default setting for who can use these features will be set to “Friends”.
On the other hand, only those over 16 years old will have the option “allow your videos to be downloaded” available, while the rest will be able to decide whether the videos can be downloaded or not. However, for users between the ages of 16 and 17, this feature will be disabled by default. If they want to enable it, they will have to do it proactively.
Also the option to “recommend your account to others” will be disabled by default for those users who are between 13 and 15 years old.
Those mentioned so far are the new features implemented and that are added to other restrictions that had already been enabled previously. For example, users under the age of 16 cannot use Direct Messages nor can they broadcast live on TikTok since last April 2020. Nor can those under 18 years of age buy, send or receive virtual gifts.
In addition, TikTok has a “Family Synchronization” mode, which allows parents and guardians to manage the experience of their minor children on TikTok.