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What Happened: China Restricts TikTok Use by Under-14s

The Chinese government decided to impose a time limit on the platforms due to the negative impact of social media platforms such as TikTok on children, and announced that children can only enter applications with “authenticated accounts”. Unable to withstand new laws and government pressure, TikTok announced that a time limit was imposed for children on the platform used in China under the name Douyin.
The Chinese government wanted to interfere with the time young people spend on social media platforms, which it has long described as “harmful”. In fact, in recent months, China’s National Press and Broadcasting Administration has shared its new rules with all its citizens, showing that it allows people under the age of 18 to use the internet only on Fridays and weekends.

TikTok, one of the most used social media platforms in the world, took a new step towards this decision made by the Chinese government and announced that they have restricted Douyin, the version of the platform used in China, for those under the age of 14.

Minors under 14 must verify their identity to use Douyin
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According to the blog post shared by ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, from now on, those under the age of 14 living in China will be able to use Douyin only between 06:00 am and 10:00 pm. Stating that they also want young people to spend more quality time on this platform, ByteDance stated that they will offer a separate mode for young people, and that this mode will include educational content such as popular science experiments, museum and gallery exhibitions.

There is another requirement for those under the age of 14 to use Douyin between 06:00 am and 10:00 pm. ByteDance stated that all users under the age of 14 must verify their identity information, and that they cannot log in to the application with an anonymous or fake account. ByteDance urged parents to assist their children so that they can easily verify their children’s identity information.

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