TikTok stated that teens aged 13 to 15 will have to decide who can see a video when they first post and set it to private by default. The default option will be applied to any video they post after that and they will not have access to Duet or Stitch features.
For older teens ages 16 and 17 joining the service for the first time, TikTok will disable Direct Messages by default and prompt existing users to review their settings if they haven’t tried DMs before. . The company will also check before those older teens enable downloads for their videos.
TikTok said it will continue to promote healthy usage habits by turning off notifications for teens under 16 from 9 p.m. local time, while 16 and 17-year-olds will receive their notifications until 10 p.m. . This will theoretically help teens relax, not to mention discourage nighttime bullying.
The social media giant also emphasized that it will continue to come up with more privacy and security efforts with more to follow in the coming months.