TikTok has announced a daily screen time limit of 60 minutes for individuals under the age of 18.
In a blog post published on Wednesday, the social media company stated that the new feature will help teens manage their time on TikTok.
“Today we’re announcing new features for teens, families, and our broader community. We believe digital experiences should bring joy and play a positive role in how people express themselves, discover ideas, and connect,” said Cormac Keenan, head of trust and safety at TikTok.
“We’re improving our screen time tool with more custom options, introducing new default settings for teen accounts, and expanding Family Pairing with more parental controls.”
If the time restriction is reached, the default configuration will additionally demand a passcode to continue scrolling through the app.
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Teens are thought to be able to opt out of the function if they so desire.
Profiles held by users aged 13 to 15 will also be automatically changed to private.
TikTok did not provide a precise date for when the new capabilities will be available, but stated that they would be available in the following weeks.
The move comes as the China-owned streaming app is being scrutinized in Washington due to security concerns.
After similar actions in the United States, the Canadian government has banned the software from official devices.