TikTok Announces New Policy Updates to Better Protect Young Users

By  (contrib. Mojified Media)
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TikTok has announced a raft of changes to its default privacy settings for younger users.

TikTok has announced a raft of changes to its default privacy settings for younger users as part of its ongoing effort to implement better systems to protect vulnerable members of its audience. Which, given the younger skew of its user base, is a particularly important focus for the short-form video app.

The biggest change will see all accounts created by users aged 13-15 now set to 'Private' by default. People under 13 are technically not allowed to sign-up for a regular TikTok account.

As explained by TikTok:

"Starting today, we're changing the default privacy setting for all registered accounts ages 13-15 to private. With a private TikTok account, only someone who the user approves as a follower can view their videos. We want our younger users to 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."
 
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