Should Parents Worry If Kids Use TikTok?

Parents “should” be concerned about children’s privacy on TikTok, a US intelligence chief said.

In an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell at the Reagan National Defense Forum, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said it was “extraordinary” how adept the Chinese government is at “collecting foreign data,” The Hill reported on a Interview Haines had with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell at the Reagan National Defense Forum.


“And their ability to then turn around and use it to target audiences for information campaigns, but also have it going forward to use it for a variety of means,” she said.

When asked if parents should be concerned, Haines replied, “I think you should be.”


But the security of the service starts with community guidelines, said Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda, Public Policy & Government Relations Director at TikTok in Africa The citizen in September.

“These are the rules, which are really like the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of what to do on the platform. They are very detailed and there are 11 of them covering a variety of aspects.”

“For example, we do not allow hate speech, nudity and sexual activity or the depiction of violence on the platform,” Sibanda said.

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Sibanda said all users must agree to abide by the guidelines when signing up on the platform.

“We use these policies with our trust and security teams to actually enforce the rules by literally removing content that violates any of these policies.”

Sibanda also advised on who should use TikTok.

“Question for teenagers and young users, I think it’s great, super important to always mention that tick tock should not be used by persons under the age of 13. If you’re under 13, you shouldn’t be on TikTok.”

“But we still think of the 13+ year olds as young people… We also like to talk to guardians and parents and teachers in schools to make sure they monitor what content their kids see on the platform,” Sibanda said.

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