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TikTok gives parents more control over what their teens can view and post

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

TikTok is giving the parents of its millions of teenage users more options to restrict what their children can see and share.

San Francisco (CNN Business)TikTok is giving the parents of its millions of teenage users more options to restrict what their children can see and share.

The short-form video app announced a host of new parental controls on Tuesday, including the ability to decide what content teens can search for on TikTok, who can comment on their profiles, who can see what videos they've liked and whether their profile is public or private.

The new measures are part of TikTok's Family Pairing feature rolled out to certain European countries in February this year, which allows parents to link their account to their teenager's.

The feature, previously called Family Safety Mode, allowed parents to set limits on how much time their children spend on TikTok every day, what kind of content they can view and the ability to limit or turn off direct messages.

As CNN Business has reported, the app's popularity among teens, combined with its unique potential for overnight viral stardom, has forced parents to grapple with difficult questions around everything from privacy and bullying to how their kids can profit from the platform.

In the United States, TikTok offers a limited version of the app for users under 13.

It doesn't allow for sharing or commenting on videos and messaging with other people, but kids can still view TikTok content that is age appropriate.

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