EU Commissioner Thierry Breton threatens to ban TikTok

25/01/2023 | Reuters

European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, has informed TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew that the platform faces an EU-wide ban from 1 September if the short video social media platform fails to address Digital Services Act compliance. Mr Breton confirmed the commission "will not hesitate to adopt the full scope of sanctions to protect our citizens if audits do not show full compliance." Furthermore, he added "With younger audiences comes greater responsibility." In January, TikTok's CEO met several senior EU policymakers amidst increasing concerns about privacy, content regulation and child safety online.

In related news, The Hill reports lawmakers in both US houses of congress are introducing legislation banning TikTok from being downloaded on American users’ devices.

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