An EU Commissioner has positioned himself against TikTok with very clear words. In addition to extensive fines, other measures could also be taken – up to and including a complete ban on the popular video platform in Europe.
EU Commissioner threatens: TikTok will be banned if necessary
TikTok and the Chinese parent company ByteDance are not only coming under increasing pressure in the USA. While the popular video app is already banned on business smartphones in many US states, the sound is also getting rougher in Europe. Now EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton expressed in clear words about TikTok.
According to Breton, he met TikTok boss Shou Zi Chew no less than 19 “blatant violations” listed against the Digital Services Act (DSA) of the EU. The TikTok boss then seemed “a little surprised”. Breton hopes that Chew has understood that the EU wants to see the listed grievances eliminated.
Should this not happen, the EU Commissioner holds out the prospect of severe fines. These could amount to up to 6 percent of annual sales. If TikTok still does not give in, further measures can be expected. “If necessary”, TikTok will then be “banned in the EU” (Source: Mirror).
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TikTok: EU is too important
Breton does not expect an EU-wide ban on the popular video platform. However, one cannot “rely on good will”. instead be graduated and dissuasive sanctions are necessary. As the largest digital market in the free world with 450 million people, the EU is too important for TikTok.
TikTok is accused, among other things, of insufficient protection of minors. There is also a suspicion that data from EU citizens is being passed on to the Chinese government for evaluation. TikTok denies the allegations.