June 16, 2024

TikTok Launches Global Youth Council to Promote Safety and Well-being of Teenagers on its Platform

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Global Youth Council Launched by TikTok to Enhance Teen Safety on Social Platform | TECHNOLOGY

In an effort to promote the safety of teenagers on its social media platform, TikTok has launched a new program called the Global Youth Council. This initiative brings together 15 young users aged between 15 and 18 from various countries to provide insights on well-being and inclusion on the platform. The company, owned by ByteDance, already offers tools to protect minor users and ensure their safety, such as the Family Synchronization feature.

The goal of TikTok is to enhance security within the application, creating a safe space where young people can freely express themselves. To achieve this, TikTok announced plans to establish a Global Youth Council back in 2023, with the aim of listening to the experiences of young users. The council now consists of 15 teenagers from different countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, and Morocco.

The council collaborates with Praesidio Safeguarding, an online security agency that provides expertise in security and digital well-being. The recent meeting saw members outlining their priorities for the year focusing on improving young people’s well-being and inclusion on TikTok. Some of their priorities included redesigning TikTok’s Youth Portal and gaining more insight into complaints and account blocking processes.

TikTok has also conducted a global study in partnership with ConnectSafely involving over 12,000 adolescents and their guardians demonstrating young people’s desire to work closely with platforms to improve their online safety. The company emphasizes the importance of external perspectives in enhancing safety measures on TikTok and continues to implement innovations focused on security. For example, new media literacy campaigns will be launched in the United States aimed at countering misinformation and AI-generated content.

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