Engadget: TikTok lets parents set time limits and vet DMs on teen accounts

Engadget: TikTok lets parents set time limits and vet DMs on teen accounts. “As TikTok has become increasingly popular with teens, the platform has gradually introduced a number of measures to help keep young people safe — it introduced age checks last year, and more recently it banned videos showing ‘underage delinquent behavior.’ Now, it’s added a range of parental controls into the mix.”

The Verge: The FTC is cracking down on influencer marketing on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok

The Verge: The FTC is cracking down on influencer marketing on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. “Commissioner Rohit Chopra called for tougher penalties on companies that disguise advertising on platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok as authentic reviews in a statement sent out Wednesday. The statement came after the FTC voted 5-0 to approve a Federal Register notice that would seek public comment on whether Endorsement Guides for advertising (which haven’t been updated since 2009) need to be reviewed, according to TechCrunch.”

Phys .org: Young people are talking politics on TikTok. Is this a good thing?

Phys .org: Young people are talking politics on TikTok. Is this a good thing?. “A report by the Wall Street Journal contends that young people are flocking to TikTok to express their political views, promote their favorite candidates, and react to political news. While this appears to be a good thing at face value, some in the field of law and politics are concerned that, as has happened with Facebook and Twitter, TikTok could be used to spread false information ahead of the presidential election.”

Insider: Women in tech are taking to TikTok to roast the male-dominated industry for its diversity issues

Insider: Women in tech are taking to TikTok to roast the male-dominated industry for its diversity issues. “Emily Kager only downloaded TikTok a few months ago. Originally, the 25-year-old software developer only wanted to use the app to relate to her younger sisters. ‘I was just trying to see what the kids were up to,’ she told Insider. However, she soon realized that the platform was an opportunity to open up a discussion she’d begun on Twitter about the realities of being a woman in the tech industry.”

BuzzFeed News: BuzzFeed News is recruiting teenagers to make election-themed TikTok and Instagram videos

BuzzFeed News: BuzzFeed News is recruiting teenagers to make election-themed TikTok and Instagram videos. “BuzzFeed News is looking for a few good teens. The news division of the popular entertainment site is recruiting a brand new type of employee — dubbed ‘Teen Ambassadors’ — who will create original TikTok and Instagram videos as part of the site’s 2020 election coverage.”

New York Times: Doctors on TikTok Try to Go Viral

New York Times: Doctors on TikTok Try to Go Viral. “On TikTok, sex ed is being flipped on its head. Teenagers who load the app might find guidance set to the pulsing beat of ‘Sex Talk’ by Megan Thee Stallion. A doctor, sporting scrubs and grinning into her camera, instructs them on how to respond if a condom breaks during sex: The pill Plan B can be 95 percent effective, the video explains.”