TikTok introducing live streams for adults and increasing the minimum age requirement for live streams
TikTok has confirmed that it will begin offering live streaming for users above the age of 18 and will also raise the minimum age requirement for users to be able to broadcast live videos on its site. At the moment, individuals must be at least 16 years old in order to host a live event. The minimum age will be increased from 16 to 18 as of November 23rd. “In addition, we intend to create a new mechanism within the next few weeks for creators to choose whether they would like to exclusively reach an adult audience in their live show, or whether they would prefer to reach both adult and younger audiences,” a blog post on the platform’s website stated.
For instance, perhaps a comedy routine is better suited for people over age 18. Or, a host may plan to talk about a difficult life experience, and they would feel more comfortable knowing the conversation is limited to adults, “it said. TikTok LIVE brings people together through content that entertains and inspires, and it gives creators the opportunity to show up as the version of themselves that is the truest reflection of who they are while simultaneously forging meaningful connections and sharing a window into their lives with a community that spans the globe.
“To help creators focus on entertaining and engaging their viewers, LIVE creators can already use our keyword filtering tool to limit comments they feel aren’t appropriate. “In the coming weeks, we are rolling out an updated version of this feature that will send a reminder to people and suggest new keywords they may want to consider adding to their filter list,” the company said in a blog post.
To do this, the tool looks at the content a creator most commonly removes from their live, spotting similar words in these comments and then suggesting the host may want to add these words to their filter list. When we tested this feature, we found that it nearly doubled those using keyword filtering when looking at the most popular LIVE creators. “
TikTok has informed us that our Multi-Guest capability has recently been improved. With the help of Multi-Guest, hosts are now able to go LIVE with as many as five guests at a time, utilizing either a grid or panel layout. This allows them to keep audiences interested while they react to queries, host how-to videos, or simply share a moment together with the community. And once the content is live, authors can tap the three dots to adjust a wide range of settings. This includes the ability to change the orientation of the camera, add effects and stickers, filter comments, and add moderators if they haven’t already been chosen.