On Wednesday, TikTok announced that all minors will soon have their accounts set to a default 60-minute daily screen time limit. According to CNN, this is “one of the most aggressive moves yet by a social media company” to put an end to teens’ endless scrolling.
Head of trust and safety at TikTok, Cormac Keenan, announced that once teenage users reach the 60-minute limit they will be prompted to enter a passcode to keep watching, making an “active decision.” Additionally, according to AP News, “For accounts where the user is under the age of 13, a parent or guardian will have to set or enter an existing passcode to allow 30 minutes of extra viewing time once the initial 60-minute limit is reached.”
If teens opt out of the screen time limit, they will be prompted to set their own daily limit. TikTok is also going to be sending every minor user a weekly recap of their screen time in their inbox.
“We’ll continue to invest in improving our current features as well as introducing new tools to help people stay in control as they express their creativity, make meaningful connections, and enjoy culture-defining entertainment,” Keenan explained in a statement.