Following our joint alert with BEUC and different European companions, the European Commission has determined to open an official dialogue with the social community to look at its enterprise practices and coverage.
I can solely welcome this announcement! A number of weeks in the past, along with our European companions, we denounced the practices of this large of social networks very talked-about with kids and adolescents. Because the Chinese platform violates the rights of its customers by granting itself the free use of printed movies, however above all by failing to guard the youngest! Users are additionally uncovered to a misleading system inviting them to supply digital items that reward the authors of the movies, whereas TikTok does every little thing to make the consumer neglect that it’s actually cash …
This is why we used the European mechanism for “external alert” in opposition to the appliance. The opening of a proper dialogue by the European Commission and the cooperation community of nationwide shopper safety authorities (CPC community of which the DGCCRF is a component) is a constructive sign. The European Commission reminds us on this event that it’s formally forbidden to focus on minors through disguised commercials that would seem within the movies, and asks the social community to make commitments inside one month to adjust to European guidelines for the safety of the rights of customers.
I’m happy that the request for a European investigation by UFC-Que Choisir, BEUC and our different European companions has been heard. This first encouraging step reveals, if it nonetheless needed to be confirmed, that the most important digital gamers can’t keep away from European rules. The UFC-Que Choisir and the opposite companion associations are decided to remind them every time essential. We are going to comply with the discussions with consideration and name on the CPC community, and particularly the DGCCRF, to check and examine all of the shortcomings that we’ve recognized, to raise the veil on TikTok’s pretend ethics.