TikTok is adding a new feature that will help people who have epilepsy to avoid potentially dangerous photosensitive content.
The short video platform already warns creators if their uploads contain effects that could trigger photosensitive epilepsy, but now anyone who encounters an example in their feed will get an alert that allows them to opt-out of viewing such content in the future. There will also be a toggle in the app’s accessibility settings.
Video content that involves flashing lights and colours can trigger seizures, so it’s important for people to be able to control what they’re able to see — particularly on a social platform like TikTok where content is actively pushed to users through an algorithm.
Here’s how the controls will appear in the app:
TikTok says it has also been collaborating with epilepsy organizations in Europe, Japan, and South Korea who provided feedback on how the company could help make the app safer. The feature will be available in the “coming weeks,” according to TikTok.
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