Teen privacy and safety settings

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Private account  •  Suggest your account to others  •  Video downloads  •  Who can send you direct messages  •  Who can Duet with your videos  •  Who can Stitch with your videos  •  Who can comment on your videos


At TikTok, we want to create a safe and welcoming community for everyone. As teens start to build a presence online, it's important for them to learn about and review their privacy settings and controls. These are some of our default privacy settings for people under the age of 18:






Private account


You can change your account to public or private with the Private account setting.
Ages 13 to 15
• Your account is set to private by default.
• This means only people you approve can follow you and watch your videos.
Ages 16 to 17
• Your account is set to public by default.
• This means everyone can watch your videos and view your profile.






Suggest your account to others


The Suggest your account to others setting allows you to manage some of the ways we suggest your account to others on TikTok.
Ages 13 to 15
• The controls are set to Off.
Ages 16 to 17
• The controls are set to On.
• This means your account may be suggested to other people on TikTok. You can review your Suggest your account to others setting if you'd like to change how we suggest your account to others.






Video downloads


You can manage if other people are allowed to download your videos and share downloads to other apps and websites with the Video downloads setting.
Ages 13 to 15
• This control is set to Off and can't be changed.
Ages 16 to 17
• This control is set to Off.
• You can turn this On if you'd like to allow your videos to be downloaded by other people on TikTok.
Note: If this setting is off, people can still share a link to your video.






Who can send you direct messages


You can manage who can send you direct messages with the Who can send you direct messages setting.
Ages 13 to 15
• Direct messaging isn't available.
Ages 16 to 17
• This control is set to No one by default.
• You can change this setting to Friends in your privacy settings.






Who can Duet with your videos


The Who can Duet with your videos setting allows you to choose who can use your video in a Duet. A Duet video combines two videos (your video and a video from another person) into one split-screen video.
Ages 13 to 15
• No one can Duet with your videos and this can't be changed.
• You can Duet with other people's videos.
Ages 16 to 17
• This control is set to Friends.
• This means that people you follow on TikTok and who follow you back can Duet with your videos. You can change who can Duet with your videos.
Note: You must have a public account to allow others to Duet with your videos.






Who can Stitch with your videos


The Who can Stitch with your videos setting allows you to choose who can use your video in a Stitch. A Stitch video allows another person to use a part of your video as a part of their own video.
Ages 13 to 15
• No one can Stitch your videos and this can't be changed.
• You can Stitch other people's videos.
Ages 16 to 17
• This control is set to Friends.
• This means that people you follow on TikTok and who follow you back can Stitch your videos. You can change who can Stitch with your videos.






Who can comment on your videos


You can change the people who are allowed to comment on your videos with the Who can comment on your videos setting.
Ages 13 to 15
• This control is set to Friends.
• This means that people you follow on TikTok and who follow you back can comment your videos.
• When you post a video, you can turn off Allow comments to stop other people from commenting on your videos.
Ages 16 to 17
• This control is set to Everyone.
• This means that anyone on TikTok can comment on your videos.
• When you post a video, you can turn off Allow comments to stop other people from commenting on your videos.

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