ByteDance (TikTok's parent company) rolls out a new ‘Youth Mode’ for Douyin app that will restrict user younger than 14 years to watch videos on the platform for only 40 minutes a day

ByteDance both apps TikTok and its Chinese version Douyin has become so addictive that younger people are spending a majority of their time watching videos on these platform. Parents are more concerned about the future of their children that they are not spending enough time on healthy activities and this addiction can be injurious for their health. Besides that, several types of inappropriate content can also harm the children as well. Recently, ByteDance has taken a step in its Chinese app Douyin to restrict people who are less than fourteen years that they can only watch videos on this application for only forty minutes each day. This will force the children to spend their time on studies and other productive activities such as physical sports etc.

This new ‘Youth Mode’ will restrict the children to watch videos on this app for 40 minutes only between 6 am to 10 pm and they will not be able to use this application outside of that time limit. This latest mode will also strain the content for younger people. Recently, the Chinese Government also put restrictions on online videos games that children less than 18 years can only play games for 3 hours during weekends and Friday at a specified time. Before that, the children were allowed to play online video games for almost 1.5 hours a day and 3 hours during holidays. This latest mode will be initiated after the completion of the real-name verification procedure. However, tech companies may not be happy with such decisions.

The Chinese application is requesting the parents to assist their children during the procedure or turn on the youth mode whenever they try to use this application. ByteDance also included informative content on the application for children such as science research, expositions in museum and art colonnades, and other amazing sceneries and elucidations of historical information. The Chinese government has put some strict regulations on companies’ data management and control. The government wants to protect the children from harmful online content and it wants to prohibit the children from following internet celebrities blindly. The Chinese agencies have given some astonishing data that the people of the country spend five hours and twenty-two minutes online each day and these are big numbers.

The report says that this new law will not affect many users of the Douyin app. The main reason is merely 0.34% of the total users of this app are less than 12 years of age. 4.18% of users of this app fall between 13 to 19 years of age. So a majority of users will still be able to use this app as much as they want. The application admitted that these news restrictions can be evaded easily because there might be some flaws. But the application is trying its best to overcome these kinds of issues as it has also introduced a bug-finding movement that will discover faults in the login procedure.


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