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Chinese Version of TikTok Limits Kids under 14 Years Old to 40 Minutes per Day

On September 18, China’s short video application Douyin announced that all real-name users, including new users, under the age of 14 have been put into teenage mode, which only allows usage of 40 minutes a day. The app will also block these users between 10 pm and 6 am every day. The announcement stated that no user can exit the teenage mode by himself.

The announcement called on users under the age of 14 who have not yet registered with their real names to launch the teenage mode by themselves and suggested parents should help their children complete the real name registration for the teenage mode.

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) issued a notice on August 30 that all online game companies can only provide up to one-hour service to minors from 8 pm to 9 pm every Friday to Sunday and on legal holidays.

Douyin is a short video social media smartphone application developed by ByteDance, a Chinese partially state-owned multinational internet technology company. TikTok is an overseas version that is not available in mainland China.

Source: Beijing News, September 18, 2021