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TikTok Implements New Usage Limits for Teen Users, Adds More Parental Control Options

TikTok is introducing new well-being features to limit screen time for teens, with a default daily limit of 60 minutes for users under 18. Teens over 13 can enter a passcode to bypass the limit, but will receive prompts at 100 minutes of usage. Users under 13 cannot opt-out of the hour limit, with parents controlling watch time beyond this. The updates also include sleep reminders, customized screen time limits, and expanded parental controls. These changes align with similar restrictions placed on Chinese youngsters to combat gaming addiction. The move could help TikTok present itself more positively with authorities and child safety advocates.

Meta Adds New Features for Facebook Reels, Including Longer Clips and Memories Integration

Meta has announced updates to Facebook Reels, expanding the length limit to 90 seconds, integrating Memories into the mix, adding ‘Grooves’ for automatic alignment with music, and expanding Reels templates. Reels views across Facebook and Instagram have more than doubled over the last year, and reshares of Reels have doubled across both platforms over the last six months. Meta’s expansion of Reels could potentially leave it well-placed to fill the void left by TikTok in case of a ban.