She said Italian Data Protection Authority: It imposed an immediate access ban platform Tik Tok in Italy to data for any user whose age has not been verified, It is responding urgently after the death of a 10-year-old girl in Sicily.
And the girl died in the brain while participating in the so-called Blackout Challenge, which encourages users to suffocate themselves until they lose consciousness for several seconds, while using the social network to share the Chinese-owned video.
Prosecutors in Sicily are investigating the case, and the prosecution has opened an investigation into the death of a girl who participated in the Blackout Challenge, and after a verdict that the girl died of suffocation, the Italian data protection authority said: It is imposing an immediate temporary ban.
The authority indicated that it informed TikTok in December of a series of violations, including the scant interest in protecting minors, the ease with which users under the age of 13 could subscribe to the platform, the lack of transparency in the information provided to users, and the use of automatic settings that do not Privacy respects.
The authority said in a statement: While awaiting receiving a response, the authority decided to take measures to ensure immediate protection for minors in Italy who are registered via the network.
The social media platform, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, is very popular among teenagers all over the world, and according to the terms and conditions of the platform, users must be at least 13 years old.
The ban remains in place until at least February 15, when more assessments will be conducted, while Sicily prosecutors continue to investigate the case.
The girl suffered a heart attack and soon doctors at the Palermo hospital declared that she was cerebral dead After her 5-year-old sister found her in the bathroom with her mobile phone, which had been confiscated by the police.
Her parents said she was participating in the so-called Blackout Challenge via Tik Tok, put a strap around her neck and held her breath while registering herself on her cell phone.
A TikTok spokesperson said: The safety of the TikTok community is our absolute priority, which is why we do not allow any content that encourages, promotes or glorifies behavior that could be dangerous.
TikTok earlier this month launched some tighter privacy features for users under the age of 18, including a new default private setting for accounts with users between the ages of 13 and 15.
The new practices, which affect users around the world, come after a move by US regulators ordering TikTok and other social media services to reveal how their practices affect children and teens.