TikTok is adding a new feature with the aim of helping people who have epilepsy to avoid potentially dangerous photosensitive content. The platform already warns creators if their uploads have effects that could potentially trigger photosensitive epilepsy.
Now the feature will alert anyone who the content shows in their feed, allowing them to opt-out of viewing such content in the future. There’ll also be a toggle in the app’s accessibility settings to opt-out of such content.
Laura Thrall, President, and CEO of The Epilepsy Foundation of America expressed her excitement at the news; “While the population of those with photosensitive epilepsy is small, the impact can be quite serious,” she said.
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“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,” Thrall added.
The Epilepsy Foundation says that 1 in 26 people in the US will develop epilepsy at some point. It also says a tenth of people are affected by seizures. Video content with flashing lights and colours can trigger seizures. TikTok pushes content to its users and it’s quite popular, making it responsible of warning its users.
TikTok says the feature will roll out in the coming weeks. It also says it’s collaborating with epilepsy organisations in Europe, Japan, and South Korea who provided feedback on how the company could help make the app safer.
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