Tiktok takes action to protect its young users
Tiktok has restricted the privacy settings of its users aged 13 to 15 after observers accused the algorithm of favoring sexualized videos featuring minors.
Social network Tiktok on Wednesday restricted the privacy settings of its users aged 13 to 15, an announcement that comes days after observers accused the platform’s algorithm of promoting access to sexualized videos highlighting miners’ scene.
Among other “major changes”, TikTok will also restrict the ability to comment on these users’ videos to their “friends” only, and prevent them from being downloaded.
The platform had already in the past removed its messaging tools for users under 16, as well as the ability to broadcast live, and offered like other networks family control procedures.
The algorithm challenged
In broadcast at the end of December on Youtube, a videographer called the King of the Rats accused the TikTok algorithm of promoting access to sexualized videos (sexy dances, suggestive positions, staged sexual practices) sometimes including minors, and had shown that it was easy, regardless of age, to have access to an illegal content, citing in particular bestiality and scatophilia.
The association called on TikTok to revise its algorithm, to make its parental control settings more effective, and to increase its resources dedicated to moderation of content.
Despite strict rules against all content that sexualizes or exploits children, networks popular with young people like Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube, or Instagram are regularly criticized for not sufficiently protecting children from online predators. Scandals are likely to tarnish their reputation and deprive them of advertisers’ revenue.