After recurring disturbing incidents happening due to social media video application, TikTok is being investigated in the U.K.
As per the Guardians, information commissioner Elizabeth Denham told a parliamentary committee that the probe started in February after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission levied a $5.7 million fine against TikTok for breaching children’s privacy law.
Just 4 months ago, the mighty video application was under fire breaking U.S Children’s privacy law. As per the previous reports, the application was fined with $5.7 million. Certain actions were taken after the FTC ruling issued, actions like age verification. Moreover, as soon as the users were verified under the age of 13, they were being shifted to a more restricted mode on the video application.
However this is what happened in the previous months, what bad news do we have for the application today?
TikTok Investigation; Examining How the App Collects Private Data
The recent commission made to investigate the largest video application will examine how TikTok collects private data of the users. Another matter of concern that will come under investigation is the messaging system within the application. The commission will examine how the messaging system function which allows adult users to contact children.
In the context, information commissioner Elizabeth Denham said, “We are looking at the transparency tools for children. We’re looking at the messaging system, which is completely open, we’re looking at the kind of videos that are collected and shared by children online. We do have an active investigation into TikTok right now, so watch this space.”
Let’s go deeper into the details by going into the history of the application.
Investigation Began When TikTok was Musical.ly:
It hasn’t been long since TikTok was Musical.ly, the only video application that had the maximum users around the world. However, the on-going FTC investigation had begun before the replacement of Musical.ly with TikTok.
The application previously broke the rules of Children Privacy law by not seeking the parent’s consent before taking the name, address and other personal information of users that age under 13.
The ruling then resulted in the appearance of an age gate added to the application that prevented users under 13 from filming and posting videos.
So this what we know until now about the widely popular video application and ruling held against it. However, we believe that the action must have been taken early in order to save children from being attached to the social media platform a bit too much. Creating videos for fun and entertainment is fine but taking entertainment too far that you might identify yourself or hire yourself, is beyond bearable behavior.
Let’s see how far changes are made into the application after this investigation.