On 13th January 2021 TikTok announced they would be making additional improvements to the app, specifically for younger users. All users who have registered as aged between 13-15 will now have their accounts set to ‘private’ by default, allowing children to make an informed choice about who they are sharing with.
This is a good decision by TikTok, but fundamentally relies on the user indicating their correct date of birth at sign-up. As we all know, there are many users below the age of 13 that are using TikTok and all of these will have had to lie about their age in order to create an account, so whilst it is a step in the right direction, and certainly better than all the other popular apps out there, it still isn’t enough.
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