A parent's worst nightmare: Adult poses like a 13-year-old girl sharing the TikTok app and receives responses from men within MINUTES – but proponents say users only have & # 39; thick skin & # 39; need
- TikTok has climbed to major competitors such as Snapchat for two years
- Cyber Security experts have become reluctant after the rapid success of the apps
- A study has found that predators inform teenagers about the app
- A journalist found 100 explicit messages that he reported to the admin of TikTok
- The Rybka twins, who have six million followers, said that thick skin is needed for the app
An adult posed like a teenage girl on TikTok and received answers in minutes – amid fears, predators were hiding on the emerging social media app.
TikTok, a short-form video app with 500 million users, launched in 2017 and has climbed over the past two years to key competitors Snapchat and Instagram.
The rapid success of the app has raised some parents' concerns about its safety, with cyber experts warning that it is being used by predators.
BBC journalist Marco Silva investigated TikTok for a three-month period in the UK.
In one case, Mr Silva said An ongoing case a teenager got free flights to Turkey to spend a few days with the stranger.
Pictured: the Rybka twins from Perth who have more than six million followers on the upcoming social media app TikTok
After concern about the safety of the app, A Current Affair has set up their own fake profile, posing as a 13-year-old girl
Other adult users offered money and encouraged teenage girls to pull out at their top, Silva thought.
"Although the majority of comments were indeed deleted after they were reported, only a handful … of the accounts that posted them were suspended from TikTok," said Mr. Silva.
After concern about the safety of the app, A Current Affair organized their own fake profile, posing as a 13-year-old girl.
Within minutes they received messages from a 40-year-old man who wrote & # 39; je (sic) very nicely, I wish there were more photos than just one & # 39; s.
Teagan and Sam, known as the Rybka twins, have more than six million followers of the app.
The Perth sisters, who often share video & # 39; s of their dance and acrobatic talents, said it & # 39; crazy & # 39; was how fast they shot six million followers of a million.
Despite growing fame, they admitted that their success was not without trolls willing to destroy them.
& # 39; But that is exactly what goes with it and you must have thick skin and you can simply remove or block it. That's possible on TikTok, which is great. & # 39;
E-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman-Grant said that parents should be aware of the pitfalls of all social media apps that have chat functions.
Despite growing fame, the Rybka twins admitted that their success was not without trolls willing to take them down. & # 39; But that is exactly what goes with it and you must have thick skin and you can simply remove or block it. That's possible on TikTok, which is great. & # 39;
Cyber expert Leonie Smith gave four advice points for parents of children who use the app
& # 39; You must bear in mind that an adult interested in a child where the children are will go to the sites and try to care for them, & # 39; she said.
Cyber expert Leonie Smith gave four advice points for parents of children who use the app.
Ms. Smith insisted on the importance of activating TikTok controls for parents, setting a child's account to private, checking comments on their messages, and ensuring that videos don't identify locations or schools.
& # 39; Safety is our priority & # 39 ;: the statement from TikTok fully
In 2018, TikTok was one of the most downloaded apps worldwide. Since launching in Australia, TikTok has received an overwhelming response from users looking for a community of like-minded creators on a platform where they can express themselves safely, creatively, fun and positively.
Promoting a safe and positive app experience is our top priority. TikTok is an app for users 13 years and older and there are age-gating measures when signing up. TikTok has a 12+ App Store rating that allows parents to simply block it from their child's phone with device-based parental controls.
TikTok offers users a number of controls and privacy settings and implements a combination of policies, technology, and moderation strategies to address inappropriate content or accounts.
Via the TikTok in-safety center app we offer a library of educational resources for users and their families, such as a safety blog series in which we provide tips on online safety, bullying and other resources.
TikTok also contains resources for parents so that they can play an active role in their teen's online experience.
We also encourage parents to have an open dialogue with their children about how they can be responsible and safe in all online activities.
As we continue to nurture our growing and diverse global community, TikTok continues to launch new tools and initiatives to support our positive and secure in-app environment.
Australia is an important market for TikTok and as the business continues to grow, we will explore opportunities to achieve a stronger local physical presence.
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