Written Question: TikTok’s impact on children’s innocence

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 3 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001247/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jean-Lin Lacapelle (ID), Elżbieta Kruk (ECR), Sergio Berlato (ECR), Raffaele Fitto (ECR), Carlo Fidanza (ECR), Raffaele Stancanelli (ECR), Nicola Procaccini (ECR), Aldo Patriciello (PPE), Ivan Vilibor Sinčić (NI), Joachim Kuhs (ID), André Rougé (ID), Jean-Paul Garraud (ID), Maxette Pirbakas (ID), Herve Juvin (ID), Virginie Joron (ID), Alessandra Basso (ID), Aurélia Beigneux (ID)

Subject: TikTok’s impact on children’s innocence

TikTok, the Chinese social network, has become very popular in Europe and across the world, particularly among young people, with minors alone accounting for nearly a third of users.

While most of the content on offer poses no danger to young people, a significant proportion can harm their psychological development and undermine their innocence.

Subject to no moderation whatsoever, children under the age of 15 can access content that is full of obscene language or bordering on pornography.

Children’s innocence must be protected: we cannot leave it at the mercy of harmful content.

With that in mind:

  1. Can the Commission develop its strategy on such content, which, strictly speaking, is not breaking any laws?
  2. In view of the need to protect the interests of minors and public morals, is the Commission intending to restrict access to these platforms?
  3. If these platforms fail to take the appropriate action to prevent such content from being accessed by people for whom it is inappropriate (users must be 13 or over), what financial or structural penalties does the Commission intend to impose?


(1) This question is supported by a Member other than the authors: Annika Bruna (ID)

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