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TikTok is introducing an adult-only option that allows users to restrict children from watching their live streams.

Creators will be able to choose whether they want to reach only those over 18 when streaming, and ICT Tac says the option will arrive in the coming weeks.

TikTok cites comedy routines as an example of something that might not be suitable for underage people, or if a host wants to discuss a “difficult life experience”.

“We want our community to make the most of the opportunities LIVE can bring without compromising security,” TikTok said.

“We believe these industry-leading updates can further protect young members of our community as they start and build their online presence.”

The option for adult-only streams is one of the many safety features introduced in TikTok’s live tab, which comes with an in-depth look at how social media platforms can better protect people. children.

But don’t think it’s TikTok setting the stage for entrepreneurship OnlyFans adult subscription platformbecause sexually explicit content remains prohibited.

Campaigns to ameliorate the “negative effects of online content”

Last week, the coroner in the inquest of Molly Russell wrote to social media companies and ministers, urging them to take action against harmful online content.

Molly, a 14-year-old schoolgirl from north-west London, was found dead in her bedroom in November 2017 after viewing content about suicide and self-harm online, prompting her family to campaign for better safety on Internet.

At the inquest, the coroner concluded that Molly was dead suffering from the “negative effects of online content”.

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Thank you Molly, for being my girl’

While most interact with TikTok by scrolling through an endless treadmill of short videos, live broadcasts are also becoming increasingly popular.

In the live section of the app, you’ll see tens of thousands of people tuned in to watch video games, airport runway streams, news channels, Q&As, and other similar shows encouraging interaction with the public.

Users need 1,000 subscribers to be online.

What else is TikTok doing to improve security?

From November 23, the minimum age to be live on TikTok will increase from 16 to 18 (the age required to create an account is 13).

TikTok is also updating the keyword filtering tool currently available for live streams, designed to allow creators to limit comments they deem inappropriate.

The update will prompt them to update their filters with suggested keywords.

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