TikTok users who are between the ages of 13 and 15 will now have their accounts automatically made private by default.
With a private account, only someone the user approves as a follower can view your videos. These users can now choose to receive ‘Friends’ or ‘Nobody’ comments for their accounts. The “All” comment setting has been removed.
“We want our younger users to be able to make informed decisions about what and with whom they choose to share, including whether they want to open their account in public view,” TikTok said in an emailed press release.
TikTok is also changing the settings for its ‘Duet’ and ‘Stitch’ features, as they will now only be available on content created by users over the age of 16. The default settings for Duet and Stitch will now be set to Friends for users ages 16-17.
The platform also now only allows video downloads that have been created by users ages 16 and up. Other users can decide if they want to allow downloads of their videos, but the default setting will now be changed to ‘Off’ for users aged 16-17, unless they decide to enable it.
TikTok is also disabling the ‘Suggest your account to others’ feature by default for users ages 13-15.
“Adjusting the default TikTok account settings to support greater user privacy is a significant step in our ongoing commitment to keeping our youngest users safe,” notes TikTok.