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TikTok friends add new boundaries for teens

ByteDance has placed new restrictions on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, for users under the age of 15.

The company announced on September 18 that Douyin’s youngest users will only have access to the social video platform between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day. In addition, access to the application is limited to only 40 minutes during this period.

ByteDance isn’t ignoring concerns about teens outside of TikTok’s use in China – it added new restrictions on sending notifications so as not to wake teens, for example, and limiting their ability to receive direct messages from other users by default – but the changes aren’t as big of a deal as it’s called ” youth regime” he added to Douyin.

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This is likely because China has tightened the use of technology by teenagers in recent months. For example, Tencent started using facial recognition in July to limit the amount of time minors can spend playing games, and in August the Chinese government introduced new rules banning teens from playing games altogether from Monday to Thursday.

Platforms like Douyin must also add real name identification to all of its users by asking for their name, phone number and some form of official identification number. These new restrictions depend on this identification process; ByteDance says it will automatically activate a stricter youth regime for any Douyin users who fall into a certain age group.