China’s leading social networking short video sharing app, TikTok, has announced to block the accounts of all users under the age of 13.
According to the news agency, TikTok issued a statement on Wednesday stating that the company has accepted the recommendations made by the Italian authorities and blocked the accounts of users aged 13 and under.
The statement said that a 10-year-old girl died in Italy in the last few days while completing a dangerous challenge, after which the Italian authorities took steps to protect the children.
The investigating officer in charge of the case said that our investigation revealed that a large number of minors were using social media platforms.
The Italian regulatory authority said TikTok had approved blocking of accounts for people aged 13 or under from February 9. He said that the age of the users will be determined from the date of birth entered in their account.
“We’re also introducing a button for Italian consumers that allows them to report accounts for children under the age of 13,” said Alexandra, TikTok’s head of child protection in Europe.
It should be noted that the TikTok mobile application owned by the Chinese company ByteDance is popular in South Asia but its users are also present in large numbers in the West. The number of users of this application also increased in Italy during the Coronavirus pandemic.