In the next few weeks, TikTok plans to release an adults-only option for live broadcasts that will restrict the audience to those aged 18 and up. This is part of a greater effort by the company to protect younger members as they develop their online presence. Along with this setting for live videos ,TikTok is also raising its minimum age requirement for starting a live broadcast .
TikTok clarified that this setting is for live broadcasts and said it will be a “new way for creators to choose if they’d prefer to only reach an adult audience.” While this might make some concerned about inappropriate content, TikTok offered examples of subject matters better suited for an older crowd.
TikTok’s announcement about the updated content settings for live broadcasts said that, “For instance, perhaps a comedy routine is better suited for people over age 18,” The statement continued on to say that, “Or, a host may plan to talk about a difficult life experience and they would feel more comfortable knowing the conversation is limited to adults. We want our community to make the most of the opportunities LIVE can bring without compromising on safety. We believe these industry-leading updates can further protect the younger members of our community as they start and build their online presence.”
This change will be complemented by another update that, in contrast to this setting which Only allows audiences that are 18 and up, will not be optional. TikTok is changing the minimum age requirement for hosting live broadcasts from 16 to 18.
“As we consider the breadth of our global audience, we already take a graduated approach to the features that our community can access based on their age; younger teens need to be aged 16 or older to access Direct Messaging and 18 or older to send virtual gifts or access monetization features,” TikTok’s announcement said.
Although TikTok did not give exact dates for when these changes would roll out, we can expect them soon.
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