TikTok is introducing new settings that are intended to cut down on the amount of time teenagers spend using the app. The company has announced an update in which it will by default set teens under the age of 18 to a daily screen time limit of 60 minutes.
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The company says that although teens will still be able to exceed the daily limit, the new system will require them to enter a passcode and “make an active decision to extend that time.” If teenagers choose to completely disable the screen time limit, TikTok will still remind them to set a limit if they spend more than 100 minutes in the app.
The business is also introducing new parental control features through the “Family Pairing” function of the app, which enables parents to keep an eye on their kids’ TikTok activity. Parents will be able to set their own personal screen time restrictions and view a dashboard with statistics about their child’s app usage, such as how frequently they open it and when they use it the most. Additionally, parents can choose to filter topics from their children’s For You feeds and set a schedule for when their kids can receive notifications.
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The update comes as American lawmakers are redoubling their efforts to outright outlaw TikTok. Congress has criticized the company for not doing enough to protect its youngest users in addition to national security concerns.