EU Opens Second Investigation Involving TikTok’s Role In Breaking The Digital Services Act

The EU has announced round two of its investigation into the popular social media app TikTok.

The governing body is trying to further investigate whether or not the famous video-sharing app broke rules linked to the Digital Services Act which is now an integral part of working in this part of the world for various platforms.

The Commission went on to speak about in detail how it was rolling out interim measures which forced the firm to undergo a period of suspension in regards to access to users in this part of the world. The news comes as it tries to further investigate the issues that such a platform possesses in terms of mental health to all of its users online.

While the European Union did give the company until the end of this month to put out its stance on the matter, time is running out as there is a possibility that this access could be removed soon.

The latest range of developments on this front proves how the EU is busy cracking down against a host of product launches that it feels are very risky. This means it can display how a certain app ended up breaking rules.

Plenty of penalties for such kinds of violations regarding the DSA are outlined including how it could end up hitting 6% of the overall yearly turnover. Therefore, TikTok’s parent firm might soon be facing a huge figure for hefty fines in cases when the EU does decide that laws were broken.

The Commission is yet to confirm how any breaks into the agreement like this could entail a second probe which it opened on the app after mentioning a respective investigation into various aspects of the law that first came into play in February of this year.

Since the start of December, we even witnessed X being under constant investigation regarding a host of DSA compliance issues.

The European Union’s initial TikTok investigation entails several issues that include protection of underage users as well as more transparency when it comes to ads, and also a host of data access issues when researchers are involved. Other matters include risks for management where addictive display features are present and content designated to be harmful.

Therefore, it explained how the newest investigation on this front would be focusing more on the app’s Lite version where videos can also be rolled out by creators after its launch at the start of this year. It was rolled out in specific locations such as France and even Spain and entails mechanisms which allow people to earn credits for activities such as adding their like on content or simply watching it entirely.

Anyone who earns points via TikTok Lite could be exchanged for endeavors such as Amazon whose gift vouchers are always said to be an attractive feature for users. Other than that, we’ve got digital currency that is used for the likes of providing gifts to creators online.

This kind of commission is certainly expressing concerns about how such activities would impact people’s mental health as they are taking part in a very addictive sort of behavior.

The European Union spoke about the second probe on this front focusing more on the app’s compliance with the latest array of policies to ensure risk assessment reports were produced before this particular Task and Reward initiative was launched.

It came with a lot more focus on people’s mental health and how negative it can impact them. It also mentioned in detail how it would now be looking into aspects taken by the platform to ward off such risks.

Thanks to a press release on this front that spoke about such actions, the EU claimed ByteDance was failing in terms of rolling out a risk assessment plan regarding these features which it requested to witness in the past week. This is when it gave the firm one day to produce its say through a document.

So what we can take home from this all is that the EU wants TikTok to realize that constant streams of both short and fast content might be entertaining but it does come with a massive risk of issues like depression, addiction, and beyond that seriously impact a child’s mental state.

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