In response to concerns about the spread of violent content and misinformation on social media platforms, the European Commission has called on the CEOs of TikTok, Meta (formerly Facebook), and X (formerly Twitter) to explain how they are protecting children and teenagers from such content. Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton sent a letter to TikTok's CEO Shou Zi Chew, urging him to "urgently step up efforts" to address the issue.
Breton highlighted the presence of potentially illegal content on TikTok, despite warnings from relevant authorities. He also mentioned instances of manipulated images being shared on the platform. The European Union's content moderation law, the Digital Services Act (DSA), requires platforms like TikTok and Meta to promptly remove illegal content, such as incitement to violence or propaganda for terrorist organizations. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to 6 percent of their annual global revenue.
Breton stated that the European Commission would contact TikTok regarding other compliance issues under the DSA, including the presence of potentially life-threatening content. However, TikTok has not yet responded to these concerns.
It is important to note that the European Commission's actions are part of a broader effort to address the spread of false information and violent content on social media platforms. The DSA aims to hold these platforms accountable for the content they host and ensure the safety of users, particularly children and teenagers.