BEIJING, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Chinese short video app Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, said on Saturday that all of its authenticated users below the age of 14 will now access the app in a “youth mode”, in its push to shield the young from inappropriate content.
In the youth mode, under-14 users can only access the app for up to 40 minutes a day, and only between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., Douyin, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, said in a statement.
The measure to protect the young was the most stringent in the history of the platform, Douyin said.
Chinese regulators have tightened their grip over the internet this year, policing it for violations of core socialist values. Authorities have particularly called for minors to be better protected from online dangers including “blind” and “chaotic” worship of internet celebrities.
Popular social messaging app WeChat, owned by Tencent (0700.HK), also has a “youth mode”, which when turned on, limits young users’ access to some games and functionalities such as payments or the ability to find nearby friends.
Reporting by Ryan Woo; editing by Richard Pullin
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In the clip, which she captioned: “A glimpse of what it’s like being a military woman minding her business”, a male soldier dressed in a similar uniform can be seen walking up to the rope and giving a thumbs down before walking away.
The video has gone viral on TikTok, where it has been viewed more than 4.5m times, with many viewers expressing their outrage on the woman’s behalf.
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Someone else added: “Boys don’t know how to handle strong women.”
The clip also prompted other women in the military to share their own experiences in the armed forces, with another person commenting: “I feel every female in the service can relate to this.”
In the comments, the woman also confirmed that she knows the man in question, replying to one commenter who questioned whether the gesture had anything to do with her: “If it didn’t I wouldn’t have posted it. I know this man. I’m not an idiot.”
“What this person is suggesting is that, as a Black woman or a Black person in the military, being Black in the military comes with harassment and it should be expected,” she said. “And as a Black woman or as a woman in the military, I would be a fool to walk into any situation and think that there wouldn’t be some sort of unfair treatment or not expect it at all.
“But, as a leader, who is also a woman and is also a Black woman, it is my responsibility to call out those unfair behaviours, treatments, whatever, and make sure they cease to exist. Just because they are there doesn’t mean that they are supposed to be there.”
The soldier concluded the clip explaining that, while she acknowledges that the military’s past “suggests that anyone who isn’t a white male will face some sort of struggle,” it is important to continue fighting against this expectation.
“If we are working towards a future full of equality, then it is my job to call out behaviours that single out people that look like me just because I look like me,” she said.
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