Tik Tok style app Byte Dance gets stricter for Chinese kids


After Beijing ramped up efforts to safeguard minors from the hazards of the Internet, ByteDance launched a TikTok-style service for China’s youngsters that places stringent limits on daily usage.
Xiao Qu Xing, or Little Fun Star, is an app that provides a personalized stream of short videos spanning from science to literature and art history.
Users may enjoy clips but not post or distribute them, and parents can limit their children’s usage to no more than 40 minutes each day.
China’s government is attempting to impose broad regulations on the algorithms used by internet firms to promote videos and other information, while senior officials and state media have focused their attention on how much time youngsters spend on their cellphones.
Starting this month, regulators limited children’s online gaming time to three hours per week, raising fears that similar restrictions may be applied to other digital content.
Last week, Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese twin, updated its youth mode to limit daily usage time to a maximum of 40 minutes for those under the age of 14 and prohibiting them from using the app between the app hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. ByteDance’s education subsidiary, Xiao Qu Xing, shut down a large portion of its activities earlier this year when Beijing cracked down on the US$100 billion (S$135 billion) after-school tutoring business.


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