Tik Tok exposes children's identities online
In 2018, an investigation found that children as young as nine in Hong Kong were exposing their identities online via Tik Tok, the most-downloaded iPhone app for creating and sharing short videos. Both Tik Tok and its sibling app Musical.ly, which is popular in Europe, Australia, and the US and allows users to create short lip-synched music videos - are owned by the Chinese company Bytedance. Tik Tok's service agreement says the app is not for use by those under 16. The app has only two options for posting videos: public or viewable solely by the originating user. Users can only delete their accounts by emailing a request.
writer: Karen Zhang
publication: South China Morning Post