TikTok Will Soon Disable Direct Messages for Users Under 16 for better Parental Controls.


TikTok is one of the most popular social media platform now which allow their users to create and share short videos. TikTok provides a platform for the creator to make quick and entertaining or informative videos. In this lockdown, when people are staying inside their home to avoid the spread of coronavirus, social media platform like TikTok is one of the sources for the entertainment and messages through short videos. And due to this lockdown, kids and especially teens spending more time on the app.

For limiting and monitoring the use of TikTok by small children, the company introduced a feature called Family pairing that will give complete control of the children TikTok account to their parents. Additionally, TikTok announced that they are going to disable Direct Messages for users under the age of 16.

The new TikTok Family Pairing feature allows parents to link their TikTok account to their child’s account to get control over how much time their children spend on the app and what type of content the child is consuming. With this feature, the parents can also set restrictions on direct messages.

Commenting on this, TikTok said, While Direct Messaging can be an amazing way to make new friends and connections. User safety is paramount. Starting April 30, TikTok will be taking existing protections one step further as relates to younger members of our community, and automatically disabling Direct Message for registered accounts under the age of 16.

TikTok will allow users to get messages only from approved users and one cannot share videos and images through messages.

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