The recent fuss over WhatsApp changing some of its policies has renewed concern amongst the public – and parents in particular – on the safety of apps…

If you want to know more about what the WhatsApp fuss was all about, click HERE. If you want to know how to secure your Telegram account find out more HERE. In anticipation of a backlash against its safety, TikTok has announced that it will be making changes to its default privacy setting for all users aged between 13-15.

These accounts will now be defaulted to ‘private’.

“With a private TikTok account, only someone who the user approves as a follower can view their videos,” said a statement from the app developers. “In addition to this, TikTok also announced changes for users under age 18 aimed at driving higher default standards for user privacy and safety.”

Take a look at some of the additional safety features the app is rolling out for younger users:

 

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  • Tightening the options for commenting on videos created by those ages 13-15. These users can now choose between Friends or No One for their account; the Everyone comment setting is being removed.
  • Changing Duet and Stitch settings to now make these features available on content created by users age 16 and over only. For users ages 16-17, the default setting for Duet and Stitch will now be set to Friends.
  • Allowing downloads of videos that have been created by users 16 and over only. Other users can decide whether they want to allow downloads of their videos, though for users ages 16-17 the default setting will now be changed to Off unless they decide to enable it.
  • Setting “Suggest your account to others” to Off by default for users ages 13-15.

Find out more HERE

 

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