TikTok is updating its livestreaming features once more, and this time the biggest improvements affect those who can’t watch. To begin, the update now allows TikTok Live users to host adult-only broadcasts.
You can ensure that the audience is mature enough to handle a stream that contains a lot of colorful language or deals with traumatic subjects. In the “coming weeks,” the option will be available.
TikTok’s policies still prohibit sexually explicit content, so it’s not an officially sanctioned alternative to OnlyFans.
Starting November 23rd, the social video service will raise the minimum age for hosts from 16 to 18. TikTok promotes this as a logical extension of its teen content restrictions, but it also follows abuse reports.
For example, older viewers have sexually abused teen hosts, while teens have threatened schools. In theory, raising the minimum age will reduce the number of school-age children who use Live to get into trouble that would not be possible with pre-recorded clips.
As a result, a feature coming in the coming weeks will remind creators to block keywords they’ve previously filtered out.
There is one upgrade that brings in more people. A newly enhanced Multi-Guest feature now allows a host to invite up to five additional participants using a grid or panel layout.
This can be useful for professional creators who want to air full-fledged shows, but it can also be useful for any streamer who wants to include more friends in a conversation.
TikTok is under government pressure to implement such audience controls. Officials in the United States and the United Kingdom are concerned that the social network will harm children, either by encouraging unhealthy behavior or by jeopardizing privacy.
Although age restrictions will not necessarily prevent live broadcast abuse, they may indicate that TikTok is addressing key concerns.