What Is The TikTok App?

Note: On August 2, 2018, all Musical.ly accounts were rebranded as TikTok. For all practical purposes, the Musical.ly app no longer exists.

App Store Description: “TikTok is a global video community. We make it easy for you to watch awesome short videos AND you can also make your own videos by capturing those funny and memorable moments to share with the world. Spice up your videos with our special effects filters, fun stickers, and so much more. Life’s moving fast, so make every second count.”

March 2019 update: TikTok has recently surpassed one billion installs worldwide!

Category: Photo & Video

APP Store rating: 12+

Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
 Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
 Infrequent/Mild Adult Content and Nudity
 Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
 Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Vocabulary worth noting: muser = a TikTok user

What Do Parents Need To Know About TikTok?

 Musical.ly is now Tiktok As of August 2, 2018,  Musical.ly changed to TikTok.

Is there p-graphic content?  Yes.

Songs  have explicit lyrics. Kids can create their own music videos using any of thousands of popular songs. There’s no way to control this.

There are in-app purchases – be careful! Musers can purchase coins (up to $99.99 worth of them!) and these are shared with other musers to encourage their creativity!

You can link with other social platforms. In the muser’s profile, there’s a spot to add both an Instagram or YouTube account. This is significant, since once that link is made, TikTok gains access to a ton of information, including contacts. Read the privacy concerns below.

TikTok collects alot of information about its users.

  • Information you give us. You give us information about you when you register for and/or use the Platform, including your name, age, gender, address, email address, social media login details, telephone number and financial and credit card information and your photograph as well as your language selection.
  • Information you choose to share from your social networks.If you choose to link your social network or public forum account (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google or WeChat) to the Platform, you will provide us or allow your social network to provide us with information from your social network or public forum accounts, including your contact list.
  • Technical Information we collect about you. We automatically collect certain information from you when you use the Platform, including your IP address, location-related data (as described below) or other unique device identifiers, your browsing history (including content you have viewed in the Platform), Cookies (as defined below), your mobile carrier, time zone setting, mobile or device information including the model of your device, your screen resolution, operating system and platform and information regarding your use of the Platform.
  • Behavioral information we collect about you. We also collect information regarding your use of the Services, e.g. your comments on our Platform or any other user-generated content and video content that you generate through and broadcast on our Platform. In addition, we link your contact or subscriber information with your activity on our Platform across all your devices using your email or social media log-in details.
  • Location data.
  • Your phone and Facebook contacts.
  • Messages. 
  • Metadata uploaded with each video.

I think people would be surprised to know that although this is a long list of bullets, it’s actually quite consistent with most social media platforms. But, we believe it’s helpful to show a list like this to kids who use the app to remind them that nothing is private online! Nothing!