The Italian information privateness watchdog ordered video app TikTok on Friday to dam the accounts of any customers in Italy whose age it couldn’t confirm following the dying of a 10-year-old woman who had been utilizing the Chinese language-owned app.
In an announcement, the regulator stated that though TikTok had dedicated to ban registration for kids aged underneath 13, it was nonetheless simple to bypass this rule.
In consequence, it stated TikTok needed to block unverified person accounts till at the least February 15 awaiting additional info.
There was no instant response from TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance and has been quickly rising in reputation all over the world, notably amongst youngsters.
The ruling got here after a woman died of asphyxiation in Palermo, Sicily, in a case that has shocked Italy.
Her mother and father stated she had been collaborating in a so-called blackout problem on TikTok, placing a belt round her neck and holding her breath whereas recording herself on her telephone.
Prosecutors have opened an investigation into potential incitement to suicide and wish to see whether or not somebody invited her to participate within the problem.
“The watchdog determined to intervene as a matter of urgency following the horrible case of the 10-year-old woman from Palermo,” the authority stated.
It stated TikTok was banned from “additional processing person information for which there isn’t a absolute certainty of age and, consequently, of compliance with the provisions associated to the age requirement”.
An official stated this meant that customers of unverified accounts would now not be capable to add movies or work together with different folks on the platform.
The watchdog stated it had raised issues with TikTok in December over what it referred to as a collection of violations, together with allegations the agency had failed to guard minors.
It added that it had advised the authorities in Eire about its resolution as a result of TikTok has introduced that it will run its European operations out of Dublin.
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