- TikTok will implement a new rule that aims to protect its users who are under the age of 16
- Users of the video-sharing app who belong to the said age group will be banned from sending and receiving direct messages
- The policy will take effect on April 30 and those who will be affected will receive an in-app notification
- It is reportedly the first time a major social-media platform has blocked private messaging by teenagers, on a global scale
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Video-sharing application TikTok will implement a new rule on its platform that aims to protect its users under 16 years old.
Account holders who belong to the said age group will be banned from sending and receiving direct messages using the app.
“Starting April 30, we will be taking those protections one step further as relates to younger members of our community, and automatically disabling Direct Messages for registered accounts under the age of 16,” an article by TikTok Newsroom stated.
“We are committed to giving parents insight into, and control over, how their teens use TikTok and helping facilitate important conversations within families about the responsible navigation of digital platforms. We believe these options promote a safer and more trustworthy experience for our users of all ages, but our progress in this area is also never finished,” it added.
Those who will be affected will receive an in-app notification soon. Currently, everyone on TikTok can send and receive direct messages to others, as long as they follow each other.
According to BBC News, it is the first time a major social-media platform has blocked private messaging by teenagers, on a global scale.
In a previous report by KAMI, TikTok pledged to donate $10 million or P509,405,000 to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Solidarity Response Fund.
TikTok is an iOS and Android app for short-form mobile videos. Through the platform, which most young Filipinos are now hooked to, a user may create and share short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. It is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company that started in 2012.
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