Is TikTok Grooming Pedophiles?

I had a video go viral on TikTok and ever since then I have noticed that I am getting follows from children who are way younger than me have begun to follow me on the app. I was molested when I was five years old, granted yes my neighbor was thirteen but what if I had been 13 and he was 21? Still an eight year age gap and I’m still younger and would be under 18 and under the age of legal consent.

Now TikTok has a Support Center page that is for parents that clearly reads:

TikTok is intended for users age 13 and over. Please do not allow a child under the age of 13 to use the app. If you learn that your child under the age of 13 has registered for a TikTok account, contact us at: https://www.tiktok.com/legal/report/privacy.

So how is it that I am having children who are clearly not 13 years old following me on this app? TikTok even made a version of it’s app for those younger than 13 called TikTok for Younger Users. The article states as followed:

TikTok for Younger Users allows us to split users into age-appropriate TikTok environments, in line with FTC guidance for mixed audience apps. Users enter the appropriate app experience after passing through an age-gate when they register for a TikTok account.

Show how is it I have children well under the age of 13 following me on TikTok? Not only that but even if they are 13 years old I have found this very disturbing profile on TikTok.

This 14 year old tried to follow me on TikTok and look at how he is appearing. I’m almost 20 years older than him. How am I not suppose to be disturbed that a 14 year old thinks it’s okay to show off like this?

This is really seriously disturbing that TikTok is allowing this and not splitting the app like it should be and making it where someone like me who is 33 almost 34 is being seen by children and not only that but are trying to follow people who are way older than them. This seems like serious grooming for pedophilia if you ask me allow this kind of stuff to happen on their app and not upholding their own guidelines as well as the guidelines of the FTC.

Is TikTok trying to help people who are pedophiles? Why else are they allowing this and not giving older users an ability to stop this, such as allowing public profiles of older users the ability to approve who follows them? This is a serious issue this is really opening the door to helping predators find children and take advantage of them and no child deserves to go through being molested. TikTok seriously needs to up its game and fix this since parents aren’t doing their job.