SCIENCE & TECH: TikTok faces EU probe, potential fines over whether it does enough to protect kids: report
China-owned TikTok reportedly faces a European Union probe in the coming weeks – and the possibility of massive fines – as regulators assess whether it has done enough to protect kids from disturbing videos.
EU regulators are set to investigate whether TikTok is in compliance with the Digital Services Act, a sweeping provision that requires the largest tech companies – including Instagram parent Meta and X – to moderate content, protect user privacy and address risks to the public.
The European Commission’s investigation will focus on whether changes TikTok has made to comply with the DSA’s content moderation policies are sufficient, sources familiar with the situation told Bloomberg.
Under the DSA, tech firms can be fined as much as 6% of their annual revenue for breaking the rules. They can also be banned from Europe entirely for multiple violations.
TikTok said it has not yet been notified by the European Commission about an investigation. The company said it is in regular contact with EU regulators.
Talks between the two sides are said to be ongoing and EU officials could eventually decide not to open a formal probe.
The Post has reached out to the European Union and TikTok for comment.