Italy has ordered China-owned TikTok to make sure that young children do not use its application after the death of a 10-year-old girl who accidentally committed suicide in “Eclipse Challenge”.
Children under 13 should not use TikTok. But the Italian state regulator wants the app to block unverified user accounts by February 15th, noting that it was easy for children under the age of 13 to circumvent the app’s registration rules, according to reports.
The unidentified girl from Palermo, Sicily, was pronounced dead last week after trying to take part in the so-called “Eclipse Challenge”, which dares participants to choke until they lose consciousness for a few seconds. The child tied a belt around his neck and accidentally suffocated, reports the Italian news agency ANSA.
Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the death that shocked Italy and are looking to see if anyone has invited the girl to take part in the challenge.
“Confidentiality and safety are absolute priorities for TikTok and we are constantly working to strengthen our policies, our processes and our technologies to protect our communities, and in particular younger consumers,”