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TikTok is responding to reports of toddlers using the app

TikTok has responded after an Ofcom report found that 16% of UK children aged 3 to 4 were using the app in 2021, despite the app being strictly 13 years old.

In recent years, TikTok has managed to absolutely dominate the social media world, becoming one of the most used apps and making an extraordinary impact on media and popular culture.

However, the platform has come under repeated heavy criticism due to the large number of dangerous trends populating the app, with parents concerned about the risk some of the content might pose to their children.

Now the British communications regulator Ofcom has published one report This showed that UK children as young as three were using the app, raising even greater concerns about child safety on the platform.

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TikTok is currently the hub for viral content on social media.

In the ‘Kids and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes’ report, published on March 30, Ofcom claimed that ‘half of children aged 3 to 17 used TikTok in 2021’, adding that ‘usage less than a fifth of 3 to 4 seconds (16%), to half of 8-11 year olds (51%), to three quarters of 16-17 year olds (74%).”

They also revealed, “18% of all 3-17 year olds have uploaded videos to TikTok, compared to 13% on YouTube and 11% on both Instagram and Snapchat.”

According to the BBCA TikTok spokesperson said: “We have processes in place to enforce our minimum age requirements, both at the time of sign-up and through the ongoing proactive removal of suspected underage accounts from the platform.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our community, especially young people,” they added.

Screenshot of the TikTok Community Guidelines
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TikTok has tightened its policies to combat dangerous content.

In recent months, the platform has cracked down on the presence of dangerous trends in the app, including rolling out new policies it announced back in February.

They stated that they are “strengthening our policy on dangerous actions and challenges,” “broadening our approach to eating disorders,” and “providing clarity about the types of hateful ideologies that are prohibited on our platform.”

Although the study was conducted on children from the UK, concerns about access to TikTok by children under the age of thirteen extend globally and could even lead to the app introducing an even stricter sign-up process in the future.

Kanye West famously campaigned to get his daughter taken off TikTok after his estranged wife Kim Kardashian posted videos with her on her account.

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Emma Bowman

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