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Italy blocks TikTok to some users

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Italy has blocked TikTok for some users due to the death of a child. The authorities are currently very concerned about the ease with which it is possible for minors to create accounts on TikTok.

The social network is facing difficulties due to the high number of accounts created by underage children. According to the newspaper Guardian, the data protection authority (Data Protection Authority – DPA) blocked some users whose age could not be verified after the death of a 10-year-old girl, who allegedly participated in a very dangerous game on the social network TikTok.

The authorities say it is too easy for a child under the age of 13 to be able to fake age, and thus create an account.

DPA has formally accused TikTok of violating a country’s law, in which it is always necessary to obtain parental authorization to give consent to children under 14 years of age to sign up for social media. TikTok is not in the habit of personalizing the risk notices of use of its social network as well as other types of information for children. By default all publications are made public as opposed to being private.

Italy blocks TikTok to some users

The company was also not very clear in explaining how long data remains on its servers, how it treats information privacy, and how it transfers all of that material outside the European Union.

The blockade will last at least until the 15th of February, and TikTok will have to change its rules and policies to comply with the requirements demanded by the DPA.

A spokesman for the social network did not reveal how the company will react to the attitude taken by Italy. Instead, the representative stated that TikTok’s security policy is the company’s top priority, and that the social network does not approve, encourage or promote any dangerous attitude in the company.

Source: Engadget

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