TikTok launches new feature for users’ safety in India
New Delhi: Short video-making platform TikTok on Monday launched a ‘Device Management’ feature that would enable users in India to have complete control of their account.
Users will be able to end sessions or remove their accounts from other devices from within the TikTok app to better manage the safety of their account. According to the company, the feature would help avoid the misuse of user accounts.
“TikTok constantly promotes a safe and positive app experience for its over 200 million users in India by offering them in-app tools and educational content to equip them with all the information they need to have the best possible experience while showcasing their creativity,” the company said in a statement.
“Device Management” feature is an addition to TikTok’s existing suite of 13 safety features.
Features like age gate, restricted mode, screen-time management, comments filter and safety centre are helping users to safely showcase their creative expression through their videos, claimed the company.
A 24-year old mother of two children committed suicide last week in Tamil Nadu after she was scolded by her husband and prevented from using the short video-making app.
Last week, the platform urged its users to leverage the platformto showcase creativity and asserted that it does not endorse or promote videos that violate its community guidelines around inflicting harm on oneself or others.
The statement further stated that while it encourages users to showcase their creativity, TikTok in “no way endorses or promotes videos that violate our community guidelines that includes harm to oneself or others”.
The came in the wake of a recent incident where a teenager was shot dead “accidentally” when he and his relatives were posing for a TikTok video in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district.