TikTok announced that every account held by an under-18 user will have a default 60-minute daily screen time limit. Minors will be prompted to enter a passcode and make an “active decision” to keep watching. Users under 13 will need a parent or guardian to enter a passcode for an extra 30 minutes of viewing time. Families in the U.S. have struggled with limiting the amount of time their children spend on the app.
The changes arrived when different governments were concerned about the Chinese-owned app’s security and data privacy. The U.S. federal agencies were given 30 days to wipe TikTok off all government devices, followed by the Canadian government and the European Union’s executive branch to do the same. The Danish parliament also urged lawmakers and employees against having TikTok on work phones.