Douyin, the Chinese version of the video app TikTok, has rolled out a new mode for users under the age of fourteen.

Parent company ByteDance wants to limit the time children spend online and "protect them from harmful content".

The so-called youth mode ensures, among other things, that young users can access Douyin for a maximum of forty minutes a day.

In addition, the children only get access to the video app between 06:00 and 22:00, ByteDance writes in a statement.

Another measure is to block "content that is inappropriate for children".

What exactly ByteDance considers inappropriate content for children under the age of fourteen is unclear.

The Chinese government has taken several measures to limit the online screen time of children and young people.

Chinese tech companies are obliged to cooperate with this.

Since the end of August, minors are allowed to game for a maximum of three hours a week.

Children under the age of eighteen are only allowed to play online games on Fridays, public holidays and weekends between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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