Header Ads

TikTok implements notification restrictions for the teenagers

Bytedance the company behind the trendy app TikTok has introduced new notification restrictions for young users.
TikTok implements notification restrictions for the teenagers
TikTok logo

A move to protect the teenagers

The series of measures implemented by the company to their platform was to improve the safety and privacy of their young audience.

The shift in its stance toward push notifications is perhaps the most intriguing of all the changes. The app intends to help teenagers adopt a healthier attitude toward social media in order to avoid disrupting their sleep. Pediatricians' and youth welfare advocates' advice has been taken seriously by Bytedance.

Based on the revised notification policies, users age 13 up to 15 will no longer receive push alerts from 9pm onwards. Additionally, individuals aged 16-17 won't be receiving notifications after 10pm. The company hopes that this feature would not keep the kids awake at these late hours, hence they won't have to answer to every pop-up notif they get from time to time.

They also introduced another change that will help 16 to 17-year-olds to comprehend how downloading works. Teen users do not have access to the ability to download videos by default. However, the feature can still be manually activated. Users must confirm their choice before allowing others to download videos. For those who are below 16 years of age, the option to allow others to download their videos is strictly disabled and cannot be turned on. When 16 years and below post a video, a pop-up window will prompt asking who will be permitted to watch it. These measures are intended to shield users from potentially harmful content and public scrutiny. 

Lastly, Bytedance also has disabled private messages for users 16-17 years of age by default, though again it can still be manually activated. This new default value builds on the prior update, which fully forbids accounts under the age of 16 from using private messaging.

The adjustments made by the hit social media platform should, to some measure, address research findings suggesting that young individuals are more affected by social media pressure than older people. Based on Ofcom reports, 66 percent of boys feel the pressure of increasing popularity, whereas 75 percent of girls feel the pressure from social media.

Source: ITHome

No comments

Powered by Blogger.