TikTok now allows users to cut down flash images that result in inducing seizures

Photosensitive epilepsy is a rare condition in which flashing lights, contrasting lights, and dark patterns can trigger seizures. After being pressurized by epilepsy activists, TikTok looks into this matter and now enables users to filter out posts that can be harmful to people with photosensitive epilepsy. As these flashing images and videos can trigger a seizure and make their condition worse.

Epilepsy groups took action against the short video sharing app and in response to that complaint, TikTok recently launched a new measure to make it easier for people to escape these forms of photos and videos.

Earlier, TikTok had already established a new update that informs people about the content they were making on TikTok can potentially induce photosensitivity. But still, users continue to post content that is not safe for photosensitive people. To resolve this problem, TikTok took a step forward and is now finally launching an accessibility feature that enabled people to filter out or skip photosensitive videos displaying on their feed.

The interesting fact about this feature is it does not work on every video. Instead, on appearance of only photosensitive videos, this feature kicks in. As a result, the video will not play right away. A warning will appear first, after that it’s up to you whether you watch the video or skip all future flashing videos. At any time, you can adjust your setting according to your choice by simply going to setting and searching accessibility. TikTok is planning to bring out the feature in the coming weeks.

According to an estimation made by the Epilepsy Foundation, every one in twenty six individuals will be going to develop epilepsy during their lifetime. And in all, one in ten people will experience a seizure. TikTok has been collaborated with the Epilepsy Foundation and other leading organizations in the US and across the globe.

This drives towards inclusiveness when during summer, TikTok was blamed for “the seizure challenge” that spread through the platform.

The Executive Director of Epilepsy Toronto, Geoff Bobb stated, “What some people did not take care of is how dangerous and hazardous place the internet is for people with photosensitive epilepsy to explore.” He continues to say: “you have no idea when you came across to a content that features flashing or contrasting lights that can induce your seizure. We are pleased to know that TikTok is taking a crucial step for making their platform much safe and welcoming for those living with epilepsy.”


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