TikTok is including a brand new function that will assist individuals who have epilepsy to keep away from doubtlessly harmful photosensitive content material. The brief video platform already warns creators if their uploads comprise results that would set off photosensitive epilepsy, however now anybody who encounters an instance of their feed will get an alert that enables them to choose out of viewing such content material sooner or later. There’ll even be a toggle within the app’s accessibility settings.
The Epilepsy Foundation of America says that 1 in 26 individuals within the US will develop epilepsy in some unspecified time in the future, with a tenth of individuals being affected by seizures. Video content material that includes flashing lights and colours can set off seizures, so it’s essential for individuals to have the opportunity to management what they’re ready to see — notably on a social platform like TikTok the place content material is actively pushed to customers by means of an algorithm.
Here’s how the controls will seem within the app:
“While the population of those with photosensitive epilepsy is small, the impact can be quite serious,” says Laura Thrall, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. “It is great to see TikTok addressing this issue by making changes to their platform so that people in our epilepsy community can feel protected when viewing content on TikTok. We are proud to have worked with TikTok on this initiative and truly appreciate our continued collaboration.”
TikTok says it’s additionally been collaborating with epilepsy organizations in Europe, Japan, and South Korea who offered suggestions on how the corporate may assist make the app safer. The function will be obtainable within the “coming weeks,” in accordance to TikTok.