TikTok bans users under the age of 13 in Italy, and over 500,000 accounts deleted « Naijatechnews

TikTok bans users under the age of 13 in Italy, and over 500,000 accounts deleted


TikTok has deleted more than 500,000 Italian accounts after the intervention of the Italian data protection regulator.

Naijatechews learned that the Italian regulator ordered TikTok to recheck the age of all Italian users and block any access by users under 13 years old .

TikTok bans users under the age of 13 in Italy, and over 500,000 accounts deleted
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Between February 9th and April 21st, 12.5 million Italian users were asked whether they were over 13 years old, and a total of over 500,000 Italian accounts were deleted because they were suspected to be under 16 years old , of which 400,000 Italian accounts were deleted Deleted for claiming to be under 13 years of age.

TikTok said that it will take a series of measures to prevent Italian users under the age of 13 from using the app, including AI detection to find possible blocked objects .

In January this year, a 10-year-old Italian girl participated in TikTok’s “Coma Challenge”. She strangled her neck with a belt and challenged how long she could hold her breath. As a result, she died of suffocation .

Italy announced on January 22 that it temporarily prohibits users whose age cannot be guaranteed from accessing TikTok.

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