TikTok implements safety measures in light of $5.7 million fine

Written 3 weeks ago by IanDorfman

TikTok, the music-focused short video social network especially popular with teens and younger people, is adding some features centered around ensuring users under 13 years of age cannot post content that could jeopardize their safety.

In a news release from the TikTok newsroom and a press release from the United States Federal Trade Commission, the network's owner musical.ly, Inc. announced that it will pay $5.7 million to settle the FTC's accusations that the company violated children's privacy law.

On top of releasing an update requiring users to verify their age (and relegating users under 13 to a heavily restricted version of the app that disallows them from posting any video or written content), Small TikTok iconTikTok is also releasing a series of tip videos to help users understand the security features they have at their disposal when using the app. The video series is available via the app as well as in a single compilation upload on YouTube.

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