TikTok is raising the age requirement for going live and introducing adult-only streams

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TikTok is updating its livestream system to limit kids from going live and to allow streamers to only reach adults.

In a blog post, TikTok announced a slew of changes to its livestream feature, including new age gating methods and creator tools. Currently, anyone with at least 1,000 followers who’s over the age of 16 can start a livestream on TikTok, and people over 18 can send and receive tips — one of the ways creators make money on the platform. Beginning November 23rd, only users 18 and up will be able to host a livestream.

“To protect our users and creators and support their well-being, we constantly work to evolve the safeguards we put in place,” TikTok says in the blog post.

In addition to higher age minimums, people hosting…

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Author: Mia Sato