“TikTok CEO Under Fire: Find Out What Measures Are Being Taken to Keep Kids Safe Online”
United States lawmakers are calling on TikTok to take more serious action in protecting children who use the popular social media platform. The call comes after the discovery that the app has violated rules on handling children’s data and content. The letter, signed by officials from both sides of the house, claims that TikTok still collects data about children younger than 13 years old, and fails to comply with American laws on children’s privacy.
On Friday, TikTok published a statement saying the report highlighting the platform’s non-compliance is outdated and they have since taken measures to address the issues raised. The social network has hired outside consultants to review their data protection policies and user privacy settings. They also said that they are rapidly growing their team in the United States so they can better work with organizations such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
TikTok is not the only social network that has been criticized for failing to protect children; however, it has been singled out due to its vast popularity amongst young people. The company claims that it has more than 65 million users in the United States alone, the majority of whom are under 30 years old.
It is vital that measures are put in place to protect young and vulnerable people when they are online to prevent them from being targeted by cyber criminals. Parents can also play a vital role in keeping their children safe by monitoring their usage of apps like TikTok and reporting any suspicious behavior.
Lawmakers urge TikTok to take serious action in protecting its young users. TikTok has been found to be in violation of rules on children’s data and content protection. They have since taken measures to review their policies and work with organizations such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Parents must play a role in monitoring their children’s online activity and report any suspicious behavior.