With TikTok rising in popularity and with more people turning to using the platform to go live, the company has announced that they’ll be rolling out a new tool that will let TikTok streamers and their helpers mute select viewers during the course of the stream.
This mute tool will let streamers mute the viewer for a few minutes or up to the entire length of the stream if they feel that they are being too unruly and disruptive. According to TikTok, “Now, the host or their trusted helper can temporarily mute an unkind viewer for a few seconds or minutes, or for the duration of the LIVE. If an account is muted for any amount of time, that person’s entire comment history will also be removed.”
As TikTok notes, hosts can already disable comments and filter out potentially harmful comments, but the addition of this feature adds more granular controls so that instead of turning off comments entirely, streamers have the option of just muting a select few audience members.