Facing a network Tik Tok Growing concerns about its approach to younger users. Newspaper reported The Guardian Italy’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) has banned the app for users whose ages cannot be verified after the death of a 10-year-old girl while participating in the Choking Challenge.
Officials said it was too easy for children under the age of 13 to register with a fake birth date, indicating that the overbroad safeguards drove the girl into service and cost her life.
The aforementioned agency also accused the app of violating Italian law that requires parental consent when children under the age of 14 participate in social networks. The regulator has also objected to the data policies.
Italy bans Tik Tok in part after the death of a 10-year-old girl
TikTok does not customize risk warnings and other information for children, according to DPA, and posts are public by default rather than respecting laws that require the option to make content private.
The company is reported to be unclear about how long it keeps the data, how it anonymizes the information, and how it moves the material outside the European Union.
The ban will continue until February 15, and until then, the app will need to meet DPA’s demands.
A TikTok spokesman did not say how the company would respond to Italy’s move. Instead, the actor stressed that safety is the “absolute priority” of running the app and that the social media giant has not allowed any content that “encourages, promotes or glorifies” dangerous behavior.