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TikTok agrees to block Under-13 users in Italy following the death of a 10-year-old girl

The infamously popular video-sharing app TikTok announced on Wednesday to block all users who are under 13 following the tragic death of a 10-year-old girl. 

The incident occurred in Italy when the loss of a minor girl was accused on a hold-your-breath “challenge” on social media. The strict regulation came into light as TikTok agreed with the Italian authorities to block all users who claim to be under 13 years old. 

While the case is still being investigated in Palermo, TikTok has included few other security measures to supervise young children using social media platforms. 

The Italian authorities claimed that TikTok agreed to implement this action soonest by 9th Feb 2021 and accept users who provide age proof that they are at least 13 years old. 

TikTok’s head of child safety in Europe, Alexandra Evans, admitted that it would introduce a report button into the app to allow members to report those who appear to be underage. It has also been agreed upon to use artificial intelligence to detect underage accounts. 

However, the proposal will have to be discussed with the Irish privacy authority, which is the European Union’s lead data protection authority for Tik Tok as the firm’s European head office is in Ireland.

TikTok is a video sharing social media platform owned by the Chinese company ByteDance which has gained immense popularity over the years among youngsters and teenagers, especially during the pandemic. 

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