TikTok (formerly Musical.ly) Hub
Chinese video platform TikTok took over Musical.ly, merging the two app powerhouses. In China, the app is known as Douyin and has over 300 million monthly active users, much bigger than Musical.ly’s reach. Even so, earlier this year TikTok was one of the most downloaded apps in the world. With the Musical.ly acquisition, TikTok is sure to be huge.
Parents: What You Need To Know
If you want to know what TikTok is, think karaoke meets music video. Users can make and watch videos in which users are usually lip-syncing to popular songs.
Users must be at least 13 years old to open an account (Note: the app never asks users to actually give their birthdates).
Videos are recorded as 15-second clips. TikTok also lets users live stream them via Live.Me and interact with others via a chat function.
When signing up for TikTok, users profiles are made public by default. Even with a private account, information in the user's bio is public, including name and username.
Even if a user has a private account, he or she can watch any other video and follow others with public accounts. Not all videos are PG and many songs have explicit lyrics.
The app allows for private information to be easily shared both inside and outside the app (and encourages users to link to other social platforms). Many young children who don't know better share phone numbers and other personal info within the app.
Here's a review of Musical.ly we highly recommend from the Cyberbullying Research Center:
Is Your Child Ready for This App?
Watch this then decide: