TikTok owner ByteDance limits younger users to 40 minutes a day in China

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ByteDance introduced a TikTok-style service for China’s youth that sets strict controls on daily usage after Beijing stepped up efforts to protect minors from the internet’s risks. The app, called Xiao Qu Xing or “Little Fun Star,” offers a personalized feed of short videos in areas ranging from science to literature and art history.

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Users are allowed to like clips but not upload or share them, while parents can adjust the usage time for their kids to at most 40 minutes per day. China’s government is seeking to implement far-reaching rules on the algorithms tech companies use to recommend videos and other content, while top officials and state media alike have trained their sights on the amount of time teenagers spend on smartphones.

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