In a bid to safeguard children’s rights on the Internet, the EU Commission has launched an investigation into Chinese super app TikTok. The investigation is being carried out under the Digital Services Act (DSA) which requires companies to take stronger action against illegal content such as hate speech and incitement. Additionally, the DSA aims to ban manipulative practices that pressure users to make purchases and advertising targeted at young children.
TikTok, a hugely popular platform among young people, has not yet received any notification from the EU about this investigation. However, a spokesman for TikTok stated in a report by Reuters that they were aware of the concerns raised by the EU and were fully committed to complying with all relevant laws and regulations.
If TikTok is found to be in violation of the DSA, it could result in significant consequences for its parent company Bytedance. The European digital guidelines are designed to ensure that companies prioritize child protection and prevent harmful content from spreading across the web.