Millions of teenagers are using a new social app called TikTok. It focuses on creating short videos to upload, but it might leave kids open to predators (via Bangkok Post).
Critics of TikTok say that the app is popular amongst young girls, which exposes them to “caustic comments and other potential abuse.” The app markets its video community as “raw, real, and without boundaries” and claims to be appropriate for kids 12 and under.
There are already media reports about users getting flooded with disturbing comments, like asking for private contact information or to have the user post provocative images. Last summer the Indonesian government banned TikTok outright due to a petition signed by 170,000 people saying that lip-syncing to songs in revealing outfits wasn’t suitable for kids.