Video-sharing platform TikTok has announced new tools that it says will benefit the 'digital well-being' of its users.
In the coming weeks, it will launch screen time breaks which will prompt people to take a break after a certain amount of uninterrupted screen time, the details of which can be custom set.
A screen time dashboard will give users oversight on how much time they are spending on TikTok.
The company is also launching a new digital well-being guide to encourage users to reflect on how they spend their time online.
"We'll also be introducing weekly digital well-being prompts for younger members of our community," said TikTok's Jordan Furlong in a blogpost.
"When someone aged between 13 and 17 has used the app for more than 100 minutes in a single day, we will remind them of our screen time limit tool the next time they open the app," he said.
A new research report commissioned by TikTok asked parents and teens in Ireland, France, Germany, the UK and Italy for their views on screen time and how they manage it.
The study found that teens place a high level of importance on feeling that they are in control of their own online behaviours and habits, and that this can play a positive role in their wellbeing.
In September 2021, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner announced two investigations into TikTok one of which is looking at compliance with GDPR relating to the processing of children's personal data.
The inquiry is examining platform settings for users under the age of 18 and age verification measures for individuals under 13.
The Deputy Data Protection Commissioner Graham Doyle said that a preliminary draft decision had been sent to TikTok this week.
"We expect to send our draft decision to the Concerned Supervisory Authorities across the EU by the end of July," Mr Doyle added.