New protections for teens, TweetDeck changes, and more

Meta and TikTok News

Safety for minors on social media is a constant topic, and Meta and TikTok are both offering some new controls to help parents monitor their kids online. Twitter is using Tweetdeck to up the Blue subscriptions, and other tidbits. Let’s jump in.

1. YouTube is experimenting with a new lock screen

Only if you’re a premium user, though. This will disable touch input while watching videos, allowing you avoid disrupting the video.

If you have access to the test you can go to the gears at the top right and turn the feature on.

2. This is how you can see who viewed your TikTok profile

So, this only works if you’re over 16 and have less than 5,000 followers. You’re also consenting to other people seeing that you viewed their profile, so no more anonymous stalking. If you meet those criteria and would like to turn the feature on, here you go.

How to turn on TikTok profile view history:

  1. On your profile page, tap on the three-line icon menu in the top right corner to go to your Settings.
  2. Click on ‘Settings and Privacy.’
  3. Click on ‘Privacy’ and then from there, ‘Profile Views.’
  4. Here you can see who viewed your profile in the last thirty days. To turn TikTok profile views on or off, toggle the icon next to the profile view history.

Pretty simple!

3. More parental controls are now available on Meta

Teen access to social media is a constant conversation. How much control should parents have? How much is enough? Too much? Meta is trying to give parents more options when it comes to their platforms.

Here are a few of the options, From Meta:

  • View how much time their teen spends on Messenger
  • View and receive updates on their teen’s Messenger contacts list, as well as their teen’s privacy and safety settings
  • Get notified if their teen reports someone (if the teen chooses to share that information)
  • View who can message their teen (only their friends, friends of friends, or no one)   and see if their teen changes this setting
  • View who can see their teen’s Messenger stories and get notified if these settings change

4. TikTok’s parental control updates, a TweetDeck update, and more from the social platforms

Trying to control what teens see on TikTok is almost impossible. However, TikTok is offering more tools to help narrow down the content and avoid things that may be jarring to younger users.

From TikTok:

To adapt this feature for Family Pairing, we engaged with experts, including the Family Online Safety Institute, on how to strike a balance between enabling families to choose the best experience for their needs while also ensuring we respect young people’s rights to participate in the online world. Therefore, by default, teens can view the keywords their caregiver has added and we believe this transparency can also help to prompt conversations about online boundaries and safety. The keywords caregivers add will be a personalized layer on top of our Content Levels system, which already helps to keep content with more mature or complex themes from reaching audiences between ages 13-17.

5. TweetDeck is getting a makeover so it can be a Twitter Blue exclusive

Twitter is trying to make Twitter Blue worth it, and it looks like making TweetDeck a Twitter Blue exclusive is another part of the deal.

They’re adding some new functionality to make it more appealing. From SMT:

The new elements include:

  • An updated tweet composer which includes all tweet functionality, including GIFs, polls, etc, all in tweets that can be scheduled
  • Improved Advanced search filters
  • The option to sort your TweetDeck columns into ‘Top Tweets’ or ‘Latest Tweets’
  • Video Docking, so you can watch a video while performing other functions

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