India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan and in 20 states of United Statess is already prohibited TikTok. A list to which the 27 countries of the European Union if the application does not comply with the rules and regulations of the Digital Services Act (DSA).
The CEO of the Chinese platform, Shou Zi Chew, was warned by the European commissioner Thierry Breton in a video call, according to comments gizmochinatelling him that it will use all possible means to “safeguard the privacy of its citizens and, if necessary, will ban the application,” the outlet said.
The DSA entered into force in November 2022 and is a series of regulations that seek to regulate the content and platforms that are on the Internet. In case the platforms do not comply with this, it has several legal actions planned such as the ban and fines of up to 6% of the annual global turnover of the companies.
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Why the European Union warns TikTok
As we mentioned, this law not only points to the Chinese app, but many of the measures are aimed at platforms that have more than 45 million users in that region, so YouTube, Twitter and Facebookfor example, must also comply with the regulations.
However, in the case of TikTok there were already previous discussions about the DSA’s data security, misinformation and compliance policies. In previous meetings they talked about the generation of content on specific issues such as child safety, Russian disinformation, the transparency of paid political content and the General Data Protection Regulation.
“It is not acceptable that behind seemingly fun and harmless features, users take seconds to access harmful and sometimes even potentially deadly content,” was the commissioner’s warning. Breton to the representatives of the application.
In that same meeting they highlighted several points, such as that “with younger audiences there is greater responsibility” and that they will not hesitate to “adopt the full scope of sanctions to protect our citizens if the audits do not show full compliance.”
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This is not the first time that the app has gone through such a situation. In India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Azerbaijan downloading is prohibited and the same in 20 states of USAwhere Congress, some Universities and the military are not allowed to use it either.
The origin of these restrictions comes from doubts about the privacy and security of user data, as well as the generation of false content and censorship.
Even bytedancethe company that owns the platform, acknowledged a few weeks ago that several of its employees had access to journalists’ private information in order to find out their location, assuring that the workers “abused their authority to obtain access to the data.”
In the announcement they made it clear that this type of situation can harm “the confidence of our users, employees and interested parties” and that they are not going to take risks.
Against this background, in USA have provided new layers of supervision, such as expanding the work of Oraclee to review application and server code, which perform functions such as searches and recommendations.