Tiktok fits privacy settings for young people

Tiktok fits privacy settings for young people

The particularly popular, social network TKTOK takes changes to the privacy settings. The profiles of all users between 13 and 15 years are now in the preset "Private", Which means the contents are not shared. With the changes, young users are to be found in privacy settings, explaining Tiktok in a press release.

In addition, videos of 13- to 15-year-old can not comment, unless these have unlocked the comment function for their own friends list. The TKTOK functions "duet" and "stitch" allow you to interact with the content of other users. This is now only possible if the corresponding content of users were created from 16 years. For all users at the age of 16 to 17, TKTOK Duett and Stitch are configured as standard so that they can only interact with the content of friends.

Further Pasting Taktok on the download function. Videos of users under the age of 15 can not be downloaded over the app. For all at the age of 16 to 17, the function is deactivated by default, but can be unlocked over the privacy settings. The option "Suggest your account", Who serves to engraving your own audience, turns Tikok for teenagers between 13 and 15 years. The function can be activated again.

Small-scale settings

On request of the DPA, why the settings are not uniformly regulated for all young people under 17 years, Tiktok explains: "The needs and skills of adolescents change and develop each age. Our settings reflect this development". To register new at the social network, users have to enter their age on a mask. However, a verification of the specified age does not take place. Tiktok explains to break accounts when it turns out that users are under 13 years old.

Lack of privacy for children and adolescents at Tiktok had made criticism in the platform in the past. Jugenderscher criticized that the profiles and content of children and adolescents were standard-maby platform-wide visible and commentable. This makes young users potentially burdening and amortical comments and face Cyber-Grooming.

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