TikTok has raised its age requirement for live streaming to limit children from using the application.
The announcement was made by TikTok in a blog post,
According to the company, it is making these changes as part of an effort to protect users and creators on the platform. “Currently, people must be aged 16 or over to host a LIVE. From November 23rd, the minimum age will increase from 16 to 18.”
“As we consider the breadth of our global audience, we already take a graduated approach to the features that our community can access based on their age; younger teens need to be aged 16 or older to access Direct Messaging and 18 or older to send virtual gifts or access monetization features,” the blog post reads.
The changes, which will take effect from November 23, are part of the company’s effort to keep its community safe.
The new setting comes a few months after TikTok said it wanted to start identifying which content is appropriate for younger and older teens versus adults.
TikTok had previously said it was developing a system to identify and restrict certain types of content from being accessed by teens and that it would start asking creators to specify when their content is more appropriate for an adult audience.
TikTok is also rolling out an updated version of its keyword filtering tool that will send a reminder to people and suggest new keywords they may want to consider adding to their filter list.
TikTok says it won’t have ratings or labels on TikTok videos. Instead, creators will have to categorize their content and tags appropriately. The feature looks at content a creator removes from their live and spots similar words, and suggests new filters the host may want to add to their list.
Writing by Chinasa Ossai, editing by Julian Osamoto