Guest Post: TikTok Introduces New LIVE Features To Promote Kindness On The App!

TikTok LIVE provides fun and entertaining experiences the entire family can join together. Today, TikTok announced new features for LIVEs to help ensure a positive and safe environment for Canadians creating, discovering, and viewing LIVE videos!

Keyword Filters

As LIVE provides creators the opportunity to share more of themselves with the TikTok community, our goal is to help people feel comfortable doing so, which means taking a hard stance against bullying or hateful comments. We’re mindful that some comments or words may seem innocuous to some but are hurtful to others. To protect against this, in the settings tab of the LIVE launch screen, hosts can turn off comments or add up to 200 terms into the keyword filter to limit those comments in the chat. Words can be added to the list throughout the livestream by hosts and the person helping them.

Consider Before You Comment

Once a livestream starts, we want creators to be able to focus on entertaining their viewers. Because negative or abusive comments undermine the passion and energy creators put into their livestreams, viewers will now be prompted to reconsider the impact of their words before posting a potentially unkind or harmful comment.

Help for Hosts

To help hosts focus on entertaining and engaging the community, they can now, ahead of their livestream, assign a person they trust to help them manage their streams by tapping Settings on the right side of the livestream launch screen. During the LIVE, both the host and the person helping can mute and block users to help keep the stream welcoming and civil.

In the coming weeks, TikTok will also introduce a way for hosts and the person helping manage their LIVE to temporarily mute viewers or remove unkind or harmful comments as they strive to maintain a supportive and authentic community environment. This is why TikTok has additional safeguards and policies for LIVE, including requiring accounts to be 16 or older to host a livestream. TikTok also prohibits gift-baiting (the solicitation of gifts or engagement) as well as fraudulent behavior or scams. Further, if TikTok identifies an account that impersonates or misleads our community about their identity, TikTok will remove the account from our platform.

You can also read more in TikTok’s newsroom here:

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