The EU has officially asked TikTok to comply with the newly passed Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA aims to improve content moderation on social media platforms, including providing transparency on why certain content has been removed and how advertisers are targeting users.
EU Commissioner Thierry Breton told TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew that TikTok must start complying with the new rules well ahead of the September 1 deadline. Under the new rules, social networks can get fines up to 6% of their annual turnover. However, the EU could escalate the issue with further measures, up to and including a ban on TikTok in the EU.
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“With younger audiences comes greater responsibility”, Breton told Chew. TikTok spokeswoman Caroline Greer tweeted that the platform commits to complying with the rules of the DSA. The same applies to the GDPR and the code of conduct on disinformation.
Breton wrote a blog post titled “Are some social media a wolf in disguise” (source link 2). He mentions platforms with “short videos featuring catchy music, dancing routines, and visually appealing effects”. The post addresses concerns about the transfer of data from EU users outside the EU. It is also about the goal of the DSA to create a safer digital space for all European users. And with a particular focus on younger users.