TikTok will age-restrict some videos from teens’ feeds

Back in February, TikTok said it was working on new ways for certain types of content to improve its safety features for teenagers. Now the company is sharing more about its rating system, dubbed , which it plans to roll out “in the coming weeks.”

The company has compared its approach to the rating systems used in the film and video game industries. It is said to filter out videos with “mature” themes from its teenage users’ feeds. It applies to videos that wouldn’t otherwise break TikTok’s rules, but may be inappropriate for younger users of the app.

With the change, when teens between the ages of 13 and 17 encounter a video that contains “adult or complex themes,” they’ll see a notice that the video is age-restricted instead. “If we determine that a video contains mature or complex themes, e.g. B. Fictional scenes that may be too scary or intense for younger audiences, the video will be assigned an age rating to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from viewing it via TikTok Experience,” TikTok explains in a blog post.

The company didn’t share how it would determine these maturity levels or what criteria it would use to classify its videos. TikTok noted that the feature is still an “early release” and that they plan to add additional features in the future. Corporate executives also want TikTok users to be able to choose what type of content they are comfortable with.

TikTok will restrict some types of age restrictions

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Meanwhile, the app also adds a new way to filter out unwanted topics from its “For You” page. The update, also expected in the coming weeks, will allow users to mute certain words or hashtags they no longer want to see videos about.

TikTok also offered an update on its work to avoid potential issues in its For You recommendations. The company previously said it was testing ways to avoid overloading people with lots of content on topics that may be potentially troubling, like mental health or eating disorders. Now, TikTok says those early tests were successful and that users in the United States are less likely to watch many videos on these topics at once. TikTok is now working on making the feature available in additional countries and languages.

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