TikTok CEO explains to congress why his kids aren't on the app
In a recent congressional hearing, the CEO of TikTok, Kevin Mayer, was questioned about the appropriate age for children to have access to the popular video-sharing platform. Mayer emphasized that TikTok's approach is to provide differentiated experiences for different age groups and leave it up to parents to decide what is best for their families.
Mayer assured the committee that there are safety mechanisms in place to protect younger users. For children as young as eight years old, TikTok has implemented highly restricted experiences, where every piece of content is vetted by Common Sense, a third-party child safety expert. Additionally, these younger users are unable to post or see any personalized feeds and are not exposed to advertising.
When asked why his own children are not allowed on TikTok, Mayer explained that he resides in Singapore, where TikTok does not offer the under 13 experience. However, he mentioned that if his children lived in the United States, he would allow them to use the under 13 version of the platform, which complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
- Age restrictions
- Differentiated experiences
- Parental discretion
- Safety mechanisms
- Common Sense
- Under 13 experience
- United States
- COPPA compliance
Q: What is TikTok's approach to different age groups?
A: TikTok provides different experiences for different age groups and allows parents to make decisions regarding their children's usage.
Q: What safety mechanisms are in place for younger users?
A: TikTok ensures that the under 13 experience is highly restricted, with all content being vetted by a child safety expert. Younger users cannot post or view personalized feeds and are shielded from advertising.
Q: Why aren't the CEO's children allowed on Tiktok?
A: The CEO's residence in Singapore limits access to the under 13 experience, as it is not offered in that country. However, if they lived in the United States, the CEO would allow his children to use the platform's age-appropriate version.
Q: Is TikTok compliant with child privacy laws?
A: TikTok complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in the United States, ensuring that the under 13 experience meets the necessary regulations.
Q: How does TikTok verify and ensure the safety of its content?
A: TikTok collaborates with Common Sense, a trusted third-party child safety expert, to vet and approve all content that younger users can access, providing an environment free from inappropriate material.
Q: Are personalized feeds available for under 13 users?
A: No, younger users on TikTok's under 13 experience cannot access personalized feeds. The content they see is carefully curated and restricted to maintain a safe and age-appropriate environment.