After a young girl died while doing a challenge on TikTok, Italian authorities blocked users who had not verified their accounts from accessing the platform.
Italy’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) ordered TikTok to block the accounts of users it could not verify to be at least 13 years old, after a 10-year-old girl drowned while participating in a challenge on TikTok in an Italian incident.
Also known as the ‘fainting game’, ‘the drowning game’ or ‘rapid dreaming’, users appear to be choking themselves in this challenge. What the young girl’s brother said and all the reports show that the young girl accidentally killed herself while filming a video for this challenge.
In a statement from the DPA, it was said that despite TikTok’s commitment to ban the registration of children under 13, it is still easy to circumvent this rule. DPA also accused TikTok of violating Italian law requiring parental consent when children under 14 were registered on social networks.
A TikTok spokesperson said: “Privacy and security are top priorities for TikTok and we are constantly strengthening our policies, processes and technologies to protect all users, and especially our young users.” made statements.
DPA instructed TikTok to block all users who did not verify their age until February 15. During this time, TikTok will review the service and security conditions in Italy and make the necessary improvements.