Everyone knows that TikTok is fun and its industry-leading safety features makes it even more warm and welcoming. TikTok, too, realises that most of its community while getting creative and spreading joy, will not compromise on online safety. For those who are new to the online world, and getting the hang of platforms such as TikTok, there is a video that focuses on the importance of enjoying your online experience while staying safe.
The video begins by telling you that a good place to begin your TikTok journey is to read the community guidelines. These guidelines exist to foster trust, respect, and a positive environment for everyone in the TikTok community.
The video even gives you tips on your privacy where you are told that you can even visit the safety centre for resources in 10 different Indian languages. Other tips include choosing a private profile can give you complete control of your account privacy.
Furthermore, the video shows how you can avoid negative comments and how you can filter them.
I then focuses on the Device Management feature. The feature, the latest in promoting online safety, enables users to end sessions or remove their accounts from other devices from within the TikTok app to better manage their safety of their account. This feature will help avoid the misuse of user accounts. TikTok constantly promotes a safe and positive app experience for its over 200 million users in India by offering them in-app tools and educational content to equip them with all the information they need to have the best possible experience while showcasing their creativity. The new feature further empowers them to manage their online presence in a wise and safe way and choose the sessions they want to end.
TikTok has also focused on the security of its younger users with Screen Time Management and Age Gate features that are highlighted in the video.
Screen Time Management allows users, including parents, to set up time limits of 40, 60, 90 or 120 minutes. If users reach their screen time limit, they will need to enter a password to continue to use TikTok.
Similarly, Age Gate is designed to keep underage users out of the platform, TikTok’s Age Gate feature only allows users age 13 years and above to login and create an account on TikTok.
TikTok also adds the risk warning tag to videos containing potentially dangerous and adventurous activities, such as extreme sports, to warn users not to imitate and engage in potentially dangerous activities. This way, you too can be sensible enough to not repeat what you saw on the TikTok video at home.
Other safety features that give TikTok an edge over other platforms include an in-app suicide prevention page which offers tips and support, enhanced privacy settings, in-app reporting as well as direct access to the app’s Community Guidelines. These guidelines outline what is and isn’t allowed to be posted on the app. To address user complaints and legal investigations, apart from an in-app reporting feature, users or law enforcement agents can also directly get in touch with TikTok’s India-based Grievance Officer as well as review the app’s legal policies before filing a law enforcement data request.