The actions of ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, continue in favor of the safety of younger users. A few days ago the company announced that it will limit the time spent by children under 14 on the Douyin App to a maximum of 40 minutes a day. A decision that comes after the restrictions imposed by the Chinese government on teenagers’ access to video games.
Douyin: App limits the time Under 14s can spend on the platform
New rules for users of the Douyin App. Children under the age of 14 will be able to access the platform between 6:00 and 22:00, without being able to use it outside this time window. This regulation will be valid for “authenticated users with real name”, which has led ByteDance to encourage parents to help their children complete the authentication process or activate the youth mode when requested by the App. In this sense, the platform is simply joining the Chinese government’s actions to limit the time young people spend online.
In fact, last month, the National Press and Publication Administration revealed a new regulation that limits Chinese citizens under 18 to play online only on Fridays, weekends and public holidays, between 20:00 and 21:00. And this was not the only action taken by the government to limit the time teenagers spend online, including video games and social media. In this regard, the authorities have asked companies and platforms the identification of the real name for all its users. A process that requires you to provide a phone number and other documents, for the purpose of authenticating your identity. In this way, society hopes to preserve the safety of teenagers. A goal he is trying to achieve at all costs.