Bytedance’s Douyin has on Thursday updated its existing anti-addiction system to give parents more control over their children’s use of the app, further complying with regulator requirements to limit youth access to short videos.

The update introduced a feature named “parent-child platform” that enables parents to bind their accounts with a maximum of three other accounts. Parents can then turn on existing features like “youth mode” remotely for their children to block functionalities such as topping up and tipping, and to limit them to an age-appropriate content ecosystem.

Similar to “youth mode,” “parent-child platform” prevents kids from logging out of their accounts or switching to other accounts to evade regulation.

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Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com