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TikTok Broadens Its DM Settings: Users Can Now Choose Who Can Message Them



Users now have a choice in who they wish to receive messages from thanks to a covert expansion of TikTok’s direct messaging settings.

Now you have the choice of contacting everyone, suggested friends, mutual followers, people you’ve messaged, or nobody.

Prior to this modification, only users who had designated one another as friends or who had been highly recommended may DM one another on the platform.

According to the company’s website, selecting the “Everyone” option indicates that you are open to DMs from anyone.

Messages from people you follow and with whom you have common friends will show up in your inbox, while those from people you don’t follow will appear in Message requests.

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Thus, these messages are available for acceptance, deletion, or reporting.

Moreover, the “Suggested People” feature allows suggested friends to send you a DM, including synchronized Facebook friends and phone contacts.

If you select “Mutual Friends,” anyone who follows you and receives your follow-back can message you.

Meanwhile, you won’t be able to send or receive direct messages from anyone if you choose the “No one” option.

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TikTok warns that although you cannot send or receive new direct messages in certain chats, you can still browse your message history in your inbox.

To do this, you need to tap the Profile icon at the bottom of the TikTok home screen to update your direct messaging preferences.

The next step is to pick “Settings and privacy” from the menu at the top, then click “Privacy.”

Afterward, select “Direct messages” and decide who is allowed to send you DMs by clicking that option.

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The modification represents the most recent instance of TikTok adding social elements to its app in an effort to compete with Instagram.

In order to encourage users to spend more time on its app, TikTok is probably trying to enhance its social features now that it has established itself as a successful entertainment platform.

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