Is TikTok turning into OnlyFans? The video app announces that it is launching an adults-only option for live broadcasts
- TikTok is launching a new adults-only option for live broadcasts
- This means that adult creators can limit the audience to people aged 18+
- TikTok says the feature could be used for comedy routines
- However, users suggest that the feature can be used to display sexual content
It’s the go-to social media app for teenagers, but it looks like TikTok is looking to expand its reach to older users.
The video app has announced that it is launching an adults-only option for live broadcasts.
TikTok claims the new feature could be used for comedy routines better suited to over-18s or live streams about ‘difficult life experiences’.
However, some users have been quick to suggest that the feature could be used to display sexual content, with one suggesting that ‘TikTok is going down the OnlyFans route’.
It’s the go-to social media app for teenagers, but it looks like TikTok is looking to expand its reach to older users. The video app has announced that it is launching an adults-only option for live broadcasts
TikTok’s new options for live streaming
Currently, people must be 16 or older to host a live stream on TikTok, although all users are able to tune in to watch.
However, this age limit will increase to 18 next month.
Creators will also have the option to limit the audience age to 18+.
TikTok announced the new adults-only feature in a news post this week.
“The foundation of TikTok is built on community trust and safety,” it explained.
‘To protect our users and creators and support their well-being, we are constantly working to develop the security measures we have in place.
“Today we’re making additional changes and improvements to help our community have the best possible experience when using LIVE.”
Currently, people must be 16 or older to host a live stream on TikTok, although all users can tune in to watch these live streams.
However, this age limit will increase to 18 next month, while creators will also have the option to limit the age of the audience to 18+.
“Perhaps a comedy routine is better suited for people over 18,” TikTok said.
“Or a host might plan to talk about a difficult life experience, and they would feel more comfortable knowing the conversation is limited to adults.”
However, some users have been quick to suggest that the feature could be used to display sexual content, such as OnlyFans
TikTok users spend 197.8 MILLION hours a day scrolling the app
New internal documents show that TikTok users spend more than ten times as many hours on the platform as Instagram users spend on Reels.
Instagram users spend 17.6 million hours a day watching Reels — less than a tenth of the 197.8 million hours TikTok users spend scrolling each day, according to a document.
The document, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, was published in August internally and showed that Reels’ engagement had declined, falling 13.6% over the previous four weeks, and that “most Reels users have no engagement at all.”
Meta characterized the view-time data as outdated and not global in scope, but declined to provide the journal with other figures.
However, some users have suggested that the feature could be used to display sexual content.
“Feeling much better today – only to find that Tiktok is going the fans only route…” one user tweeted.
Another added: “TikTok adding adult-only live streaming shows how much being a cam girl has gone from seedy to mainstream.
“Between Twitch & OnlyFans on both ends, it’s clear there are millions to be served to this audience. How times change.’
TikTok currently does not allow nudity or pornography.
Its community guidelines state: ‘We strive to create a platform that feels welcoming and safe.
‘We do not allow nudity, pornography or sexually explicit content on our platform.
“We also prohibit content that depicts or supports non-consensual sexual acts, non-consensual sharing of intimate images, and sexual solicitation of adults.”
However, Jake Moore, a cybersecurity expert at ESET, warned that this is harder to limit in live streams than in uploaded content.
Speaking to MailOnline, he said: ‘Live streaming seems to be the next big step for many of the social platforms, but with this new dimension comes additional issues such as privacy.
‘Being able to stream live means the footage is less likely to be reviewed by TikTok’s algorithm as monitoring matches in real time.
‘If the footage were to become rude or worse, sleazy, the platform could take a dark dive into what it was originally intended for.’
MailOnline has contacted TikTok for further information on how it plans to review live streams in real time.