TikTok offers an adult-only content option

Livestreams are becoming an increasing part of the TikTok platform.  Now the company is introducing new age restrictions on the figure.

Speakers are getting bigger and TikTok isn’t For teenagers only anymore, or at least trying not to be. The platform aims to graduate along with its core user base. As one step towards maturity, TikTok offers an adult-only option for streaming platforms on the platform who wish to limit their viewers to 18 or older.

As for when and why live streamers might choose to set an age limit, TikTok provided some theoretical examples. “Maybe a comedy routine is better suited to people over 18 or a host may be planning to talk about a difficult life experience and will feel more comfortable knowing the conversation is limited to adults,” the company wrote on Monday. new version.

These justifications may sound naively chaste, but the move to age-restricted certain content on the platform is unlikely to make TikTok the next single fan. The platform imposes a strict ban on most content that is traditionally considered “adult”. “We do not allow nudity, pornography or sexually explicit content,” the company says. Community Guidelines.

Nothing in the new announcement indicates that these guidelines will be different for adult-only streams. Gizmodo reached out to TikTok for further clarification on this matter, but did not immediately receive a response. It’s worth noting that: Just because the site says explicit content isn’t allowed, doesn’t mean it doesn’t show up. owns TikTok Struggle with moderation In the past, videos that should, in theory, be blocked based on community guidelines more often Glide through the cracks.

The company announced the upcoming adult-only broadcasts along with several other changes to the live streaming feature. For example, users will now be able to include up to five guests in a multi-guest stream. Additionally, the app says it’s updating its keyword filtering feature to send reminders and suggestions to creators looking to edit their livestream comments and interactions.

Notably, the company also announced another age-related change to its live stream. Soon, only adult users will be allowed to stream. Currently, TikTokers with at least 1,000 followers over 16 can go live, but on November 23, that age limit will increase to 18.

TikTok didn’t fully explain the change on its company blog, instead describing the shift as an extension of the tiered age restrictions already in place within the app (like the 18+ limit on monetization, the 16+ limit for direct messages.) Again, the company didn’t immediately respond On Gizmodo’s questions on this topic.

Both an adult-only broadcast option and an updated age restriction on who can stream are listed below the headline, “Our ongoing work to help preserve The community is safe. ”

It became a live broadcast increasingly large portion From TikTok business model and interface. In 2021, live-streaming revenue was about 15% of total TikTok sales, but it has grown almost twice as fast as the company’s online advertising business over the past two years.

Streaming is one of the best ways for users of the platform to earn money, as TikTok does not share ad revenue with creators. However, the company has recently had volatility about the heavy slice of the pie to take from the so-called “gifts” and “tips” given to streaming platforms on the platform. In one particularly shocking case, BBC investigation I found that TikTok and the “brokers” involved were also Up to 70% of donations raised by refugees begging on the podium.

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