Written Question: Protective measures for children online – TikTok case
Date submitted: 2 March 2021
Question for written answer E-001203/2021
to the Commission
Antonio López-Istúriz White (PPE), Caterina Chinnici (S&D), David Lega (PPE), Hilde Vautmans (Renew), Laurence Farreng (Renew), Michaela Šojdrová (PPE), Eva Kaili (S&D), Sandro Gozi (Renew), Nathalie Loiseau (Renew), Milan Brglez (S&D), Irène Tolleret (Renew), Cyrus Engerer (S&D), Patrizia Toia (S&D), Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi (PPE), Karen Melchior (Renew), Alex Agius Saliba (S&D), Olivier Chastel (Renew), Rosa Estaràs Ferragut (PPE), Radka Maxová (Renew), Ioan-Rareş Bogdan (PPE), Josianne Cutajar (S&D), Pablo Arias Echeverría (PPE)
Subject: Protective measures for children online – TikTok case
The time spent by children online has skyrocketed during the current lockdown measures implemented to contain the spread of the COVID‑19 virus, dramatically increasing the risks faced by children online. Last month, in the light of recent events in Italy, where a 10‑year‑old girl from Palermo died from suffocation after participating in a ‘choking challenge’ on the social media platform TikTok, the Italian Digital Protection Authority imposed a TikTok ban for users whose age cannot be verified.
Considering the above:
- Is the Commission aware of any breach of consumer rights set out in the EU legislation – including aggressive and misleading advertising targeting children – by TikTok?
- How is the Commission planning to ensure consistency and coherence across all pieces of EU legislation to make sure specific protective measures for children online are implemented in all Member States?
- What initiatives could the Commission propose to ensure that appropriate safety measures – such as safety‑by‑design tools – are put in place by tech companies and other social media platforms to improve child safety online, and what initiatives could it propose to support and coordinate Member States’ targeted actions and awareness‑raising campaigns about online risks for children and young people?
(1) This question is supported by a Member other than the authors: Vilija Blinkevičiūtė (S&D)