The minimum age for livestreaming on TikTok will increase from 16 to 18 starting next month.

What this means.
According to TikTok, in the future, only adults will be able to “use monetization tools or send virtual presents.” Additionally, users will be able to host adult-only livestreams soon.

However, it’s unclear how TikTok will carry out these age limitations.

Is this rare?
Both Google, which owns YouTube, and Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, have age restrictions on uploaded content and a minimum livestreaming age of 13. 

But beginning on Nov. 23, TikTok will raise the minimum age barrier for livestreaming from 16 to 18, and users will soon be able to target adult audiences with their stream material. The modifications are a part of the social media juggernaut’s initiatives to increase public safety.

TikTok stated that safety and community trust are the cornerstones of its operation.  Users who are at least 16 years old and have 1,000 followers can currently broadcast a TikTok livestream, or LIVE. 

What this entails.
Users may give and receive tips if they are 18 years of age or older, which enables them to get paid for their material. 

What else
Updated keyword features will be added, according to TikTok, to further increase broadcast security. The social network business stated that “LIVE creators can already utilize the keyword filtering feature to block comments they feel aren’t acceptable.

Additionally, TikTok revealed a brand-new multi-guest LIVE experience, which is already available on the app and allows up to five additional people to join a user’s livestream.

What you should know
China-born TikTok has become incredibly well-known after making its North American debut in 2017. According to Pew Research data as of August, more than two thirds of American youths had used TikTok. 

Even American politicians have used the app in electoral campaigns, which has led TikTok to outlaw campaign donations on its site.

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