TikTok updates children's privacy rules

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January 15, 2021, 10:22 AM UTC

The platform will no longer allow users below 18 years of age to purchase, send or receive virtual gifts.

ByteDance-owned TikTok has launched stricter rules for users under 18 to provide a privacy-focused experience. This update comes as TikTok faces ongoing privacy challenges regarding handling children’s user data.

The accounts of users aged 13 to 15 will be set to private by default and only approved followers will be able to see the user’s content. The video sharing platform has also turned off the ability to suggest minor accounts to other users. Additionally, users below 15 years of age can disable commenting.

Users confirming their age as under 13 will be redirected to “TikTok for Younger Users” experience. But, if those eligible for this are not part of the experience, their account will be deleted.

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