TikTok Tightens Privacy Settings for Teenagers

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If you're a parent to a teen, you're probably well aware that TikTok is huge with the under 18 crowd. (And you probably know a viral TikTok dance... or 12 by now.)

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This week, the media site introduced a new set of privacy rules for users under the age of 18, so parents can finally breathe a small sigh of relief.

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Now, the accounts of 13 to 15-year-olds will be set to private by default, meaning only users who have been approved as a follower will have access to their profiles. These accounts are also no longer able to select "Everyone" in the comment settings, and will instead have to choose from "Friends" or "No One" for their comments. Also, the setting "Suggest your account to others" will be automatically set to Off in the 13 to 15 age group.

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TikTok's Duet and Stitch options, which are similar to retweet and video reply, will now only be available for users 16 and older and will be set to Friends by default. Downloadable videos will only be available if they're created by a user 16 and older, and the default setting for whether that age group wants to allow their videos to be downloaded will be set to Off.

"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," TikTok wrote in a post. "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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As for users under 13, TikTok offers a limited app experience, with additional safety and privacy protections. The protections don't allow the sharing of personal information and puts major limitations on content and user interaction. You can read more about the younger user privacy settings here.

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