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Italy targets TikTok after death of child in 'blackout' challenge

Italy targets TikTok after death of child in 'blackout' challenge”

The young girl from Palermo in Sicily was discovered on Wednesday by her five-year-old sister in the family bathroom with her cellphone.

Italy ordered the Chinese-owned TikTok to make sure young children aren't using its app, after the death of a 10-year-old girl who accidentally killed herself in a "Blackout Challenge".

"The watchdog chose to intervene as a matter of urgency following the bad case of the 10-year-old girl from Palermo", the authority said.

The country's data regulator issued orders to block access to the social video site for any user who can not definitively prove their age.

Italy's data protection watchdog has ordered TikTok to block access to users whose age can not be confirmed after a 10-year-old girl accidentally died while taking part in a viral "blackout" challenge, according to her family.

The challenge, which has also been referred to as "the fainting game" or "speed dreaming" involves the user making themselves pass out for a few seconds.

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A 10-year-old Italian girl was declared brain dead by a Palermo hospital Thursday after taking the Blackout Challenge on TikTok.

The girls' parents told La Repubblica newspaper that another daughter explained that her sister "was playing the blackout game". After the incident, which was immediately handled by the Italian government, a temporary restriction came in the country until February 15, 2021.

TikTok stated that it had failed to identify any content that could have encouraged the girl to participate in any such challenge, but confirmed that it is collaborating with the investigation into possible "incitement to suicide". But how could I imagine this atrocity?

"Privacy and safety are top priorities for TikTok and we are constantly strengthening our policies, processes and technologies to protect all users, and our younger users in particular", a TikTok spokesperson told Insider.

"We didn't know she was participating in this game".

In December, Italy's data protection watchdog advised TikTok of a series of violations, including a lack of transparency in information given to users and automatic settings that allegedly did not respect privacy. Italian parliamentary commission for little one safety president Licia Ronzulli explained "Social networks just can not become a jungle where anything at all is allowed".



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