Young people banned from using TikTok for more than 40 minutes in China

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Douyin, the Chinese equivalent of TikTok, will be limited to only 40 minutes per day for children in China.

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In a post on the QQ social media site, Douyin’s parent company ByteDance wrote that users under the age of 14 will only be able to access the app between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm. That rule will be supported by real name authentication, a system China is also using for gamers on consoles.

The ban, which ByteDance is calling ‘youth mode’, will only show “ready” content like historical information, exhibitions, visuals and science experiments. Douyin says it is the first platform in the short-form video industry to introduce this restriction, so as well as for the general user experience for users to report suspicious activity such as “access procedures, cracking and other vulnerabilities” Opening a bug bounty. issues.


“Yes, we are more strict with teenagers”, ends the post, but says the app will “work hard to provide quality content so youth can learn and see the world”.

Last month, China implemented similar restrictions for people under the age of 18 playing video games, described by state-owned media as “opium for the mind” and “electronic drugs”.

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Video game companies can now only provide service to minors between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.

The Chinese government argues that young people are “still in a stage of physical and mental development” where their “self-control is relatively weak”, and thus limited video games enable them to “actively participate in physical exercise, social exercise”. will encourage.” Various colourful, healthy and beneficial recreational activities”.

However, such sanctions have not been as successful in other countries; In South Korea, the Youth Protection Amendment Act of 2011 banned children under 16 from playing video games for six hours to ensure a healthy sleep schedule.

However, South Korea repealed that law this year, with the country’s culture minister Hwang Hee stating that, “for youth, sports are an important leisure activity and communication channel”.


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