The European Commission has initiated formal proceedings against TikTok

Luc Williams

TikTok faces a fine of up to 6%. global trade if the EC finds that the company has actually violated the DSA rules.

“The protection of minors is the main priority”

“The protection of minors is a top priority for enforcement of the Digital Services Act. As a platform that reaches millions of children and teenagers, TikTok must fully comply with the Digital Services Act and has a particular role to play in protecting minors online. Today we are launching a formal infringement proceedings to ensure that proportionate action is taken to protect the physical and emotional well-being of young Europeans. We must spare no effort to protect our children,” said Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market.

Based on the preliminary investigation carried out to date, including the analysis of the risk assessment report sent by TikTok in September 2023, as well as TikTok’s responses to the Commission’s formal requests for information (on illegal content, protection of minors and access to data), The Commission decided to initiate formal proceedings against the company.

The Digital Services Act does not specify any legal deadline for completing this procedure. The duration of an in-depth investigation depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the case, the extent to which the company concerned cooperates with the Commission and the exercise of defense rights.

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