TikTok has launched the ability to help parents and guardians filter out videos they don’t want their kids to see.
The feature is a complement to the app’s family pairing functionality, which allows adults to link their accounts with minors to control settings such as time limits on device usage.
TikTokTheir users were able to dictate content filters themselves, allowing them to avoid videos associated with specific words or hashtags.
Julie de Bailliencourt, global head of product policy, told Sky News that giving parents the ability to set them up is more about user safety.
However, teens will initially only be alerted to their parents’ selected filters and simply cannot opt-in.
“We want to make sure we have the right balance between practicality and transparency to allow families to choose the best experience for their family because every family is unique,” said Ms. De Bailliencourt. different”.
“We also want to make sure we respect young people’s right to participate. So by default, teens can see keywords their parents or carers have added. “
It comes after the company faced criticism for children watching clips of self-harm and eating disordersare sometimes shared using “encrypted” hashtags – phrases with slightly tweaked spellings – to bypass platform censorship.
Ms De Bailliencourt said she hopes the feature will “ignite a conversation” between teenagers and their parents or guardians about online boundaries.
TikTok is committed to the Online Safety Bill
This optional feature is long awaited by the government Secure Invoice Online Results coming soon a final day of House of Lords committee oversight.
A belated amendment to the law proposed last week, which aims to regulate online content to keep people safe, could see coroners and bereaved bereaved with access to data. on the phones of deceased children.
It comes later a campaign by parents whose children’s deaths are linked to their social media activity.
TikTok will not participate in the specific amendment, only knowing that it is working closely with the government in formulating the law.
The platform has come under growing pressure over its links to China, as it is owned by Beijing’s ByteDance, and earlier this year it was shut down. UK government phone ban.
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Young users to help shape moderation guidelines
TikTok also announced the creation of a global youth council, made up of young people using the platform, to launch later this year.
It will function similarly to TikTok’s content and safety advisory boards, consisting of independent experts who help inform its approach to moderation.
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Meanwhile, the company said there were no changes to its policies around election misinformation after rival YouTube decided to stop removing false claims that the U.S. vote The 2020 edition has been stolen.
The Google-owned platform announced the change earlier this month – a policy reversal that has been in place since the last presidential election, which Donald Trump erroneously claimed was illegal.