TikTok boosts parental controls with new additions to its Family Pairing tools


TikTok is getting new parental control features. 

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TikTok is boosting its parental controls, the company announced Tuesday, adding new ways for parents to monitor their kids on the popular app and social media platform.

The Chinese company, which has been under constant pressure from the Trump administration and US government officials over the past year, is boosting its Family Pairing controls. It will allow parents greater control on what their teens can search for, who can comment on their videos (everyone, friends or no one), and whether their kids’ page is private (where the teen choose who can see the content) or public for the world to see. 

The company is also adding the ability for parents to control if their teens’ Liked Videos section is viewable by others. Family Pairing

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