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TikTok to dam customers in Italy who say they’re beneath 13 after 10-year-old dies

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  • Resolution comes after demise of a 10-year-old lady was blamed on a breath-holding social media problem
  • Italian regulator says TikTok has agreed to dam all accounts in Italy from Feb 9
  • Regulator says TikTok additionally agreed to guage utilizing synthetic intelligence to detect under-age accounts

MILAN: Video app TikTok stated Wednesday it has agreed with Italian authorities to dam all customers aged 13 or much less.

The event comes after a 10-year-old lady misplaced her life whereas partaking in a breath-holding social media problem, one which went viral on the video-sharing platform.

Prosecutors in Palermo are investigating the case, which has led to elevated scrutiny of kids’s use of social media platforms.

TikTok blackout problem: Italy tells platform to dam customers after demise of younger lady

TikTok, owned by the Chinese language firm ByteDance, first gained reputation in Asia earlier than gaining a giant following within the West. The app grew to become immensely common amongst youngsters in Italy through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Italian regulator stated TikTok has agreed to dam all underage accounts in Italy from February 9 and to readmit solely these customers who would offer paperwork exhibiting their date of delivery.

Learn extra: Tiktok reveals new coverage for customers beneath 18 years outdated

Alexandra Evans, Tiktok’s head of kid security in Europe, stated it might additionally introduce a button into the app to allow members to report customers who seem like beneath 13.

The regulator stated TikTok has additionally agreed to guage the usage of synthetic intelligence to detect underage accounts.

It is going to, nevertheless, have to debate the proposal with the Irish privateness authority, which is the European Union’s lead information safety authority for Tik Tok as a result of the agency has its European head workplace in Eire.

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