Before I go anymore, let's get something out of the way: If you're reading this, you're almost too old to…
Before I go anymore, let’s get something out of the way: If you’re reading this, you’re almost too old to feel at TikTok. The company refused to provide information about its users, but judging from what is on the platform, the mediana TikTok user seems to float in the middle. TikTok is full of acne-haired faces, barely hidden between anxiety and impenetrable youth culture references. As far as I can tell, it’s not possible for adults to use it without feeling as if they chaperone a high school dance.
Official TikTok users must be 13 years or older to join. But the age verification process is easy to bypass, and while I’m surfing the platform, I stumbled on multiple videos with people who seemed to be much younger. In his earlier incarnation like Musical.ly, TikTok drew fire from some confessional advocates who accused it of driving the limits of the child’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a law prohibiting the collection of certain types of information from users younger than 1
3.  “It is obviously a really popular, cool place, but you also have the question that the children are considerably too young for it, “said James P. Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, an ideal company that reviews technical products for families. “It’s not that TikTok’s content is not the UK for your 15 year old. That’s what happens to your 6- or 7-year-old.”
While I used TikTok, I never saw any bullying or harassment. (Both are banned by TikTox Community Guidelines, which is sexually explicit content.) However, there are a decent number of videos of teenage girls dancing dazzlingly – which, if you are a 31-year-old newspaper writer and not a 16-year-old boy, are quite worrying.
A spokesman from TikTok said in a statement that the promotion of security and positivity on the platform is “our top priority”. She added: “We regularly add and adapt our protection, policies, and moderate efforts to support our users’ well-being.”
Last year, after two other apps owned by ByteDance were criticized by Chinese officials to promote a disgusting content , CEO Zhang Yiming said that it would increase levels of content moderation team to 10,000 moderators, from 6,000. TikTok spokesman refused to say how many of these moderators work for TikTok or whether content standards for US users differ from those of users in China, where known strict censorship laws apply.
Free spokespersons can rely on TikTok Chinese ownership, and privacy hackers have raised questions about how the company handles users’ personal data. But perhaps because it’s more moderate than other networks, TikTok feels most and sure. Julia Alexander, a colleague TikTok convert on The Verge, called it “a rare social app that is not infected with hate rhetoric.”