The European Union Commission has launched an investigation into Chinese super app TikTok over concerns about inadequate child protection, according to a report by Bloomberg. This investigation is being initiated to ensure that TikTok complies with the requirements of the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA is intended to force companies to take greater action against illegal content on the Internet, including hatred and incitement. It also aims to ban manipulative practices that pressure users to make purchases and advertising aimed at children.
TikTok, which is extremely popular with young people, has not yet received any notification from the EU about the investigation, according to a company spokesman cited by Reuters. However, if the investigation finds TikTok to be in violation of the DSA, it could lead to a fine for the China-based parent company, Bytedance.
The EU Commission declined to comment on the matter. If TikTok is found guilty of violating the DSA’s requirements for child protection and illegal content removal, it could face significant consequences in Europe. The European digital guidelines are in place to ensure that companies take the necessary measures to protect children and prevent illegal content on the Internet.