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TikTok to face investigation from Dutch watchdog over youngster’s data

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

10th May, 2020. 06:42 pm
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The Dutch privacy watchdog said on Friday (May 10) that it would investigate how Chinese-owned social media app TikTok handles the data of lots of young users, which has become massively popular during the coronavirus outbreak.

TikTok is one of the most popular app having high user base. Tiktok is equipped with creative and fun-oriented content and Tiktokers are found creating multiple videos on daily basis. Since, the app is flooded with a plethora of videos.

According to the details, the decision is taken when US started the scrutiny of the app.

TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance which gained popularity in Asia first and it is equally popular in the west. This app has about 500 million and 1 billion users worldwide.

The sources also said, the company which introduced parental controls is also cooperating with Dutch authorities.

Spokeswoman, Gudrun Herrmann said in a statement that the top priority of TikTok is protecting our users’ privacy and safety, especially our younger users.

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) said in a statement, “For many users, this is an important way of staying in touch with friends and spending time together, particularly during the current COVID-19 issues.”

The statement also said that the popularity of TikTok has led to rising worries about privacy.

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Earlier, TikTok has now made it easier for you to donate to the desired charities during coronavirus pandemic through donation stickers.

TikTok is serving several purposes for its users these days, other than entertaining.

The video-sharing application has introduced new Donation stickers according to which the creators of videos and live videos to raise funds. The video creators will directly get the donations if the viewer taps on those stickers.

Such stickers will help organizations such as CDC Foundation, James Beard Foundation, Meals on Wheels, MusiCares, National PTA,

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, No Kid Hungry, and The Actors Fund in gaining the donations.

These donation stickers can be used in making videos or going live. Once a viewer tap on the sticker, a pop-up window will appear where they can make donations without quitting the TikTok app.

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