On January 13, the company announced new privacy regulations that would apply to customers under the age of 18.
Under the new rules, the accounts of all registered users between the ages of 13 and 15 will now become private by default.
No one will be able to access their accounts, except friends.
For users of this age, everyone comment setting option will be removed and the friends or no one option will remain for comments.
Similarly, the setting of Suggest Your Account to Others will be by default for users between the ages of 13 and 15.
Duet and Stitch options will now also be available to users 16 years of age or older, but the default setting for 16 and 17 year olds will be set for Friends.
Under the new policy, users will only be able to download videos posted by people 16 years of age or older, but for users below 16, the setting for downloading their videos will be off by default.
TikTok said in a statement that they want to protect the online privacy of their young users.
Note that TikTok is criticized for not taking adequate measures to protect children on its platform.
In 2019, TikTok banned children under the age of 13 from using the app.
The ban came after TikTok was fined by the United States under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.