The block lasts until February 15, and TikTok will have to respond to DPA requests until then.
A spokesperson for TikTok did not say how the company would react to Italy’s move. Instead, the representative stressed that safety is TikTok’s “top priority” and that the social media giant does not allow any content that “encourages, promotes or glorifies” unsafe behavior.
The tragedy illustrates the shortcomings and difficulties of tracking minors on social media. TikTok’s rule of underage users exists in large part due to the US COPPA children’s data protection law, but it’s not the only country with similar rules – and some may insist on stricter enforcement than age barriers. The company may need to implement significantly tougher measures to both prevent similar deaths and avoid repression.