By Ahmad Alsayouf, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Douyin will limit the usage of children using it to 40 minutes per day. Verified users under 14 will be able to access the app from 6:00 to 22:00. Douyin’s parent company Bytedance stated that the app will now have a ‘Youth mode’, it is reported that that it was the first time a short-video industry has enforced these limitations.
On Douyin, there is no minimum age requirement for using the app, other than having the consent of a legal guardian for users under 18 while Tik Tok has its minimum age requirement being 13.
Educational content is planned to surface as part of Douyin’s Youth Mode. Educational content includes, museum tours, science experiments, and historical content.
The post stated, “Yes, we are more strict with teenagers. We will work harder to provide quality content so that young people can learn and see the world”.
This limitation was given as part of China’s tech crackdown, including banning people under 18 to play video games during the weekdays, only allowing 1 hour on weekends and holidays and back in February, students were banned from taking their phones to school.