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TikTok banned in the EU? “We will not hesitate to adopt the full range of sanctions”

TikTok it one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. However, more and more serious controversies have been growing around the website belonging to the Chinese company ByteDance for a long time. Doubts are raised about how the website cares about user privacy, as well as the extent to which the government of the People’s Republic of China is involved in its operation.

They are trying to block TikTok, among others. United States. In early January, Brendan Carr, a high-ranking member of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), told the Indian newspaper The Economic Times that India had set an “incredibly important precedent” by deciding to completely ban the Chinese social networking site.

TikTok was banned in India in mid-2020 along with hundreds of other Chinese websites and programs that have been deemed a potential threat to “national security.” Americans have been expressing similar concerns for a long time and are getting closer to imposing a nationwide ban on the popular social network.

TikTok banned in the European Union? There is an ultimatum

Now it turns out that TikTok is also in danger of disappearing from Europe. According to Reuters, Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, gave the Chinese platform a clear ultimatum:

Last Thursday, Breton met with the CEO of TikTok about this Shou Zi Chew and urged his company to implement it the EU Digital Services Act (DSA). Breton stressed that TikTok needs to comply with EU rules well ahead of the September 1 deadline.

With younger audiences comes greater responsibility. It is unacceptable that it takes users seconds to access harmful and sometimes even life-threatening content

Breton emphasized.

We will not hesitate to adopt the full range of sanctions to protect our citizens if audits do not show full compliance

– added.

In response, TikTok’s CEO stated that the company is committed to implementing the DSA as well as other EU laws such as the GDPR and the Code of Conduct on Disinformation. Breton was to take this declaration with skepticism and stated that that the EU expects results, not just efforts, to be presented as soon as possible.

Recall that digital services act allows the imposition of sanctions on companies such as a fine of 6 percent of the annual worldwide turnover or even total ban on activity within the European Union.

The EU adopted the DSA last July. As we read on the website of the European Parliament, the Digital Services Act clearly defines the obligations of digital service providers. It aims to combat the spread of illegal content, disinformation and other social threats. These obligations are proportionate to the size of the platform and the risk it poses to society.

Source: Gazeta


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