Italian watchdog tells TikTok to block users who can't age

Italian watchdog tells TikTok to block users who can't age 

 Italy's data privacy authorities have ordered video sharing app TikTok to temporarily block accounts of users who can't age, Reuters reported a 10-year-old girl living in Palermo. She told authorities that her parents were participating in the "blackout challenge" that her daughter saw in the app. Her child was suffocated and authorities are investigating whether anyone invited her to the challenge. 

 Italian data protection authorities have ordered TikTok to block unidentified Italian users until at least February 15. The company told Guardians that it couldn't find any content on the platform that encouraged children to participate in the challenge, but said it was cooperating with the investigation.

TikTok said in a comment from The Verge on Saturday. Although he didn't respond to the request immediately, a spokesperson told Reuters: ty is TikTok's absolute priority and we are constantly striving to strengthen our policies, processes and technologies to protect our community and especially young users. Under the 

 Terms of Service, users must be at least 13 years old to register. It's a TikTok account, but Italian officials said it's easy to get around that rule. TikTok has a version of the app for children under the age of 13 (TikTok for young users) in the United States. Due to the surge in popularity of .

, TikTok has spent most of the past year adding privacy controls to younger users' accounts. We introduced remote parent controls to allow parents to change their child's privacy settings in the app. Earlier this month, TikTok updated the default privacy settings for users aged 13 to 15 to limit who can view and comment on videos. 

 However, child privacy advocates claim that TikTok is not enough to protect children on the platform. Beijing-based parent company ByteDance said in 2019 against an earlier version of TikTok called Musical.ly for violating the Children's Online Privacy Act (COPPA) by allowing users under the age of 13 to sign. Paid a $ 5.7 million fine to the US Federal Trade Commission. 

 Due to the temporary suspension of unconfirmed accounts in Italy, TikTok "has no absolute certainty of age and, as a result, prohibits further processing of user data that complies with regulations related to age requirements. It has been. 
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