A pop-up will appear asking teens under the age of 16 to choose who can watch their videos before Tiktok publishes them.
Responding to criticism that TikTok said Thursday strict privacy controls for teens seeking to protect children from classified advertising and inappropriate content are not.
The changes, targeting users aged 13 to 17, will be rolled out globally in the coming months, the company said.
A pop-up will appear asking teens under 16 to choose who can watch their video before posting it.
“The process of making TikTok is fun and creative – choosing music, choosing effects and making the right transitions – but choosing who to share the video with is also important,” said Alexandra Evans, TikTok’s director of child safety public policy. and Aruna Sharma, head of global app privacy.
Users aged 16-17 can enable a feature where a popup will appear and let them choose who can download their public videos. Downloads are permanently disabled for content from accounts under the age of 16.
Direct mail settings for 16 and 17 year old accounts will be set to “nobody”. Users can change the option.
TikTok said it will reduce the time it takes to receive notification alerts under the age of 18. Those aged 13 to 15 will not receive notification alerts after 9 PM, and those aged 16 to 17 after 10 PM.