Thousands of parents in the Netherlands are seeking compensation on behalf of their children from the popular video platform TikTok.
They are asking for a total of more than 1.4 billion euros, the Dutch Association for Market Information Research (SOMI) announced.
According to the SOMI association, a unified lawsuit was filed by over 64,000 parents across the Netherlands.
The reason is that TikTok collects data on minors for the purpose of targeted advertising without permission. In addition, children are exposed to dangers through so-called challenges in which platform users ask each other to commit risky acts.
SOMI is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of guaranteed and basic rights of Internet service users, according to the website.
TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. The platform operator previously announced that it was taking measures to increase the safety of young users.
According to the conditions of using the TikTok network, minors need the consent of their guardians, and children under the age of 13 are not allowed to use the application. The company points out on its website that privacy settings are available to users so that they can “choose the settings that suit them” and that are in line with their views.
By: Angelica W. – Gossip Whispers