TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government has re-opened the access to Tik Tok application. However, users under 13 years old are restricted to open the platform developed by ByteDance.
Director-General of Applications and Informatics at Communication and Informatics Ministry Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan said Tik Tok limited its users’ age to 13 years old from previously set at 12 years old.
However, the age limit is below the initial plan delivered by Tik Tok to the ministry earlier which was 16 years old. The management claimed the decision was adjusted to the average age limited by other applications such as Facebook.
“[They] have talks with KPAI (National Commission for Child Protection) regarding the age limitation,” said Semuel who is better known Semmy at his office, Tuesday, July 10.
According to Semmy, face recognition was installed in a bid to prevent deception or age fabrication. If users are detected to be underage, the account will be blocked.
Tik Tok is currently coordinating with KPAI and Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection to develop a program for Indonesian children to commemorate Children’s Day.