In a recent blog post, TikTok introduced a series of updated privacy settings aimed at making the platform more safe and secure for users aged 13-17. These changes will affect direct messaging on TikTok, access to public videos as well as the ability to download them, and late-night notifications.
One of the most notable changes is related to push notifications. From now on, user accounts of teenagers aged 13-15 will no longer receive push notifications after 9PM, and teens aged 16-17 will stop receiving them after 10PM. TikTok hopes this change will help form healthy digital habits from a young age.
Young creators will also get the chance to decide who can view their content before publishing each TikTok, as well as who will be able to download videos. Earlier, TikTok made the accounts of users aged 13-15 private by default. Only approved followers can view videos posted on private accounts. The Stitch and Duet features are also not available for users under the age of 16.
One more update implies that new users aged 16-17 will have the direct messaging setting set to "No One," meaning nobody will be able to DM them unless they change their privacy settings manually.