TikTok announced last Wednesday that minors will have a standard usage preference of only 60 minutes a day. The move comes amid concerns about the security of the Chinese-owned app.
Cormac Keenan, TikTok’s head of reliability and security, said in a post on Wednesday that after 60 minutes, the minor will receive a message to register a password and thus make “the active decision.”
For those under 13 years of age, a parent or guardian must enter a password for the minor to have another 30 minutes of use, the app representative assured.
The idea for the 60-minute limit came from consulting academic research and experts from the Digital Good Use Lab at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Social network executives, including TikTok, have been summoned to speak before the United States Congress to explain what they are doing to prevent harm to minors.
TikTok also said Wednesday that it will begin encouraging teens to set a daily usage limit if they opt out of the initial 60-minute limit.
The company will send teens weekly messages with a count of their usage of the app that week.
Some of the protection measures applied to minors by TikTok include that the accounts are private accounts for users between the ages of 13 and 15, and offering direct message services only for those over 16.