The short-form video app announced a host of new parental controls on Tuesday, including the ability to decide what content teens can search for on TikTok, who can comment on their profiles, who can see what videos they’ve liked and whether their profile is public or private.
“Our aim is to strike a balance between safety and autonomy for teenagers as we work to create a safe and supportive place for self-expression,” Tracy Elizabeth, the company’s head of global minor safety policy, and Alexandra Evans, its head of child safety public policy for Europe, wrote in a blog post.
TikTok is now expanding those features and making them available worldwide.
“As young people start to build a presence online, we believe it’s important to give families tools so parents and teens can set guardrails together,” Elizabeth and Evans said.
In the United States, TikTok offers a limited version of the app for users under 13. It doesn’t allow for sharing or commenting on videos and messaging with other people, but kids can still view TikTok content that is age appropriate.
— CNN Business’ Kaya Yurieff contributed to this report.