There is no doubt that the TikTok platform, which has become the most popular in the world, is not like that in China, as the country of a billion depends on another application that offers a less harmful product, and is designed to protect its youth.
In the details, a new technical report, quoting specialists from the US Department of Defense, stated that the TikTok platform, which penetrates the devices of young people and adolescents, does not do so in China, as the latter adopts a local version of another application called Douyin and has its laws to protect users.
“Doyin” contains almost the same features as TikTok, but with one essential difference, as users under the age of 14 are required to use “Teen Mode” for their protection.
To reduce their negative impact to a large extent, Duyen restricts their use of it to 40 minutes a day between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm, in order to ensure that they get enough sleep.
They are also offered only “inspirational” content specially selected and carefully from scientific, health and other materials
Douyin also monitors, through a set of preventive measures, the time a young Chinese user spends on the platform, and the types of content consumed while viewing it, according to what Nikolas Chailan, chief program officer at the US Department of Defense confirmed to the New York Post.
The expert also confirmed that the algorithm between the two applications differs greatly, as it enhances the scientific, educational and historical content in China through Douyin, while making the rest of the users watch stupid dance videos in TikTok with the main goal of “making us stupid”, as he put it and in reference to the Americans.
It is noteworthy that children and adolescents around the world watch an average of 91 minutes of TikTok videos per day, which provides the platform unprecedented access to the eyes, ears, hearts and minds of young people.
While concerns about TikTok’s massive impact on young people in America prompted Federal Communications Commission Chairman Brendan Carr to demand that Apple remove the platform from its App Store.
However, the company did not respond to the request.