In an aim to be home to a diverse global ecosystem of people and culture, driving entertaining content and building connections, TikTok has updated their Live community experience which brings provides an opportunity for creators to show up as their most authentic selves and share a window into their lives with a global community in real-time and updated their policies to ensure that it’s a safe environment for all.
TikTok’s Features and Policies
The new Multi-Guest feature lets a host go Live with up to 5 guests using a grid or panel layout, keeping audiences engaged as they respond to questions, host how-to videos, or simply share a moment with the community.
Once live, creators can tap the three dots to change a variety of settings. This includes the ability to flip the camera, add effects and stickers, filter comments and add moderators if they haven’t already been assigned.
The keyword filtering tool is already a feature being used to limit comments that creators feel aren’t appropriate. TikTok is updating this feature which will send a reminder to people and suggest new keywords they may want to consider adding to their filter list. To do this, the tool looks at the content a creator most commonly removes from their Live, spotting similar words in the comments and suggesting the host may want to add the words to their filter list.
Increased Age Restriction
TikTok’s age restriction is going up. Currently, users must be 16 years old or over to host a Live. But as of November 23rd, the minimum age will increase from 16 to 18. This is just a step above their approach to the features that TikTok users can access based on their age like younger teens need to be aged 16 or older to access Direct Messaging and 18 or older to send virtual gifts or access monetization features.