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TikTok Removes More Than 7 Million Underage Accounts

  • Removals come amid a wave of new safety features for youth
  • In 2019 TikTok was fined by the FTC for collecting child data

TikTok, the short-video social-media platform popular among teens, said it removed more than 7 million accounts belonging to children under 13 during the first quarter, taking a significant step in enforcing the required age of users on the app.

Of more than 11.1 million accounts that were removed for violating the app’s guidelines, 7.26 million of them were from users suspected of being under the age guidelines, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. It was the first time TikTok published the number of underage accounts it expunged.