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Tiktok wants to restrict live broadcasts for those over 18 years old • ENTER.CO

Live broadcasts have become a new option to connect between content creators and followers. Among the platforms where these transmissions are made the most is TikTok; there, any user can enter the ‘live’. However, everything indicates that ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, is testing the option of limiting transmissions to those over 18 years of age.

Yesterday, the product intelligence firm Watchful.ai revealed some screenshots where you can see the option to limit transmissions to adults. Users can navigate their live stream settings and enable or disable the “mature themes” button; in this way, only users over 18 years of age will be able to enter the broadcast.

Once you enable the button, the social network displays an ad: “only viewers over 18 years of age can see your LIVE”. Of course, the platform notifies you that live broadcasts labeled for adults will be removed if they violate the community rules, they will be removed. That is, if the nudity, sexual activity and violence policies are violated, the video will still be removed. For now, TikTok confirmed to TechCrunch that the new setup is currently in limited testing for a few select users.

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This, without a doubt, is part of TikTok’s new strategy to identify what content is appropriate for adolescents and young people and what is not. In February of this year, the platform announced that they were developing a system to be able to identify and restrict content that is not suitable for minors. To do this, it would start asking content creators to specify when their content is not appropriate for children and adolescents, which is corroborated by this new button.

“We have heard directly from our creators that sometimes they want to reach only a specific larger audience. So, as an example, maybe they’re creating a sitcom with adult humor or offering boring workplace advice that’s relevant only to adults. Or maybe they are talking about very difficult life experiences, ”argued Tracy Elizabeth, head of TikTok US issues policy.

In February, when Elizabeth testified, she explained that TikTok would also not go as far as (visibly) rating or tagging TikTok videos. Instead, the platform posits that they will rely on ‘back-end’ categorization, thinking that creators will tag their own content. Now, we see this as a reality with the new settings on live streams.

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