TikTok is now testing a new setting that lets users restrict their livestreams to viewers who are 18 years of age and above.
According to screenshots shared by tipsters, select users who have access to the new option can navigate to their settings and toggle the “mature themes” button to restrict their LIVE to adults. The app notes that “only viewers 18 and above can see your LIVE” if you turn it on. Once you turn on the setting, TikTok will notify you that LIVE videos tagged 18+ will still be removed if they violate the app’s community guidelines, which include policies on nudity, sexual activity, and violence.
This test comes just months after the company said it wanted to start identifying which content is appropriate for younger and older teens versus adults. TikTok said it was developing a system to identify and restrict certain types of content from being accessed by teens and that it would start asking creators to specify when their content is more appropriate for an adult audience.
Meanwhile, the company had also said users will be able to choose which “comfort zones” or levels of content maturity they want to see in the app. Parents and guardians will also be able to use TikTok’s existing Family Pairing parental control feature to make decisions on this on behalf of their minor children.